Obama Continues Bush/Cheney’s Persecution of Abu Zubaydah

(War Crimes continued – promoted by TheMomCat)

On March 28, 2002, Abu Zubaydah was captured in Faisalabad, Pakistan by the FBI, “identified” as a high-ranking operative of al Qaeda, and subsequently tortured by American agents at Guantanamo and elsewhere.

Abu Zubaydah’s treatment at the hands of the CIA has been called torture by Ali Soufan, the FBI interrogator who witnessed part of Abu Zubaydah’s CIA interrogation, multiple U.S. officials including President Obama, and by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Media and DOJ reports about torturing Mr. Zubaydah were always careful to mention his connection to al Qaeda.

The C.I.A. officers used waterboarding at least 83 times in August 2002 against Abu Zubaydah, according to a 2005 Justice Department legal memorandum. Abu Zubaydah has been described as a Qaeda operative.

Mr. Zubaydah was prominently mentioned in Justice Department memos justifying torture, and charged with participating in many acts of terrorism against the United States.

He also acted as al Qaeda’s coordinator of external contacts and foreign communications. Additionally, he has acted as al Qaeda’s Counterintelligence officer and has been trusted to find spies within the organization. Zubaydah has been involved in every major terrorist operation carried out by al Qaeda. He was a planner for the Millenium plot to attack U.S. and Israeli targets during the Millennium celebrations in Jordan. Two of the central figures in this plot who were arrested have identified Zubaydah as the supporter of their cell and the plot. He also served as a planner for the Paris Embassy plot in 2001. Moreover; he was one of the planners of the September 11 attacks.

But now the US Department of Justice has admitted that it was nothing but lies, from top to bottom.

Respondent (the Department of Justice) does not contend that Petitioner (Abu Zubaydah) was a “member” of al-Qaida in the sense of having sworn “bayat” (allegiance) or otherwise having satisfied any formal criteria that either Petitioner or al-Qaida may have considered necessary for inclusion in al-Qaida. Nor is the Government detaining Petitioner based on any allegation that Petitioner views himself as part of al-Qaida as a matter of subjective personal conscience, ideology, or worldview.

You might think that after the “case” against Mr. Zubaydah had been exposed as a ludicrous fabrication after more than 8 years of brutal abuse…

You might think that now the United States would release Abu Zubaydah, and try to make amends for the repulsive crimes committed against him…

But Barack Obama and Eric Holder are now alleging that new and previously unheard-of offenses were committed by Abu Zubaydah…

Offenses unheard-of during 8 long years of abuse, while false and entirely fabricated charges against him were constantly paraded around the media to justify torture, and now…

The government has a new set of charges it has leveled against Zubaydah: he  “supported enemy forces and participated in hostilities” and “facilitat[ed] the retreat and escape of enemy forces” after the US invaded Afghanistan in November 2001.

So it was only after the United States invaded Afghanistan Mr. Zubaydah may have assisted our “enemies,” a category which included almost everybody in Afghanistan except the drug-lords with whom we replaced the Taliban.

But Abu Zubaydah still remains in confinement in our concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay, under the authority of President Barack Obama.

And what kind of man is Abu Zubaydah today, this dangerous man whom Barack Obama still hopes to prosecute for defending Afghanistan against the US invasion?

Abu Zubaydah’s mental grasp is slipping away. Today, he suffers blinding headaches and has permanent brain damage. He has an excruciating sensitivity to sounds, hearing what others do not. The slightest noise drives him nearly insane. In the last two years alone, he has experienced about 200 seizures. Already, he cannot picture his mother’s face or recall his father’s name. Gradually, his past, like his future, eludes him.


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  1. Yesterday one of Mr. Zubaydah’s lawyers posted an article in the Guardian…

    Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, more commonly known as Abu Zubaydah, is my client. After being extensively tortured by the CIA and imprisoned in various black sites around the world, Zayn may finally be approaching his day in court.

    Abu Zubaydah was tortured so vilely that even attorneys who are familiar with the administration’s illegal actions over the years would be appalled. The government will not allow me to tell you what techniques of torture it approved for use on my client, but suffice it to say that given Zayn’s treatment, it is not surprising that the videotapes of his torture were destroyed. Just recently, the government revealed that 90 of the 92 videotapes that the CIA destroyed related to our client.

  2. CIA officer: “So, are an Al Qaeda Counter-Intelligence Officer?

    Zubaydah:  “No”

    CIA Officer;   “OK, start waterboarding”

    ….5 minutes later:

    CIA Officer: ” So, are an Al Qaeda Counter-Intelligence Officer?’

    Zubaydah :  ” Yes, of course”

    The obvious: If he says what we (CIA)  want him to say we will stop the torture.

    Total sham, and  a War Crime to boot.

    • Edger on April 1, 2010 at 01:39

    who are the terrorists?

  3. It’a all BS and always has been.  Zubaydah had the “book” thrown at him, because they (Bush & Co.) had to “prove” that there was a genuine “war on terra” and Zubaydah simply served their purpose.  They needed to do this in order to “deflect” from the reality of 9/11.  An off they went.  Zubaydah was but a “tool” for the use of the Bush Administration, in order to prove the necessity of the “war on terra.'”  It’s all been a grandiose hoax to promote and propagandize the “war on terra,'” at the expense of a “host” human being.  

    Valtin, who used to be a regular contributor, has extensive diaries on the plight of Zubaydah.  You can review, at your leisure, so many of them Invictus.

  4. ….. wrong historical narrative that led this country into another war, of what the Bush & Cheney administration used as an excuse to torture somebody they labeled al Queda’s “#2 or #3 plotter” is still huge.

    These documents being finally unclassified is an important story, especially with Bush’s old speechwriter Marc Thiessen trotting around on his book tour and writing neocon apologist trash for the WAPO.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/…  WAPO 3/8/2010

    More crap from Republicans trying to make the DOJ an arm of the Republican Party, and to cover up the fact that VP Dick Cheney had personally ordered this person who had nothing to do with 9/11, who had been ratted out/sold by the Jordanian spooks,  to be waterboarded over 80 times-  referring to the attorneys who are working on the Guantanamo defense as the “al Qaeda Seven” akin to mob and drug cartel lawyers.

    Thiessen in the WAPO –

    In November, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent Holder a letter requesting that he identify officials who represented terrorists or worked for organizations advocating on their behalf, the cases and projects they worked on before coming to the Justice Department, the cases and projects they’ve worked on since joining the administration, and a list of officials who have recused themselves because of prior work on behalf of terrorist detainees.

    Holder stonewalled for nearly three months. Finally, two weeks ago, he admitted that nine political appointees in the Justice Department had represented or advocated for terrorist detainees, but he failed to identify seven whose names were not publicly known or to directly answer other questions the senators posed. So Keep America Safe, a group headed by Liz Cheney, posted a Web ad demanding that Holder identify the “al-Qaeda seven,” and a subsequent Fox News investigation unearthed the names. Only under this public pressure did the Justice Department confirm their identities — but Holder still refuses to disclose their roles in detention policy.

    I guess it’s really too much to expect the DEMOCRATIC PARTY apparatchiks to DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION on this, but that doesn’t mean that normal people cannot ask whatever happened to the concept of habeas corpus –   holding the body only when there is a legal reason to.  Because ALL of us have been labeled as “terrorists” by the Republican Party and specifically by George W Bush, Dick Cheney, and many others (including my ex congressperson.)

  5. as about as sick as anything could get.  First of all, when he was captured, he was not a man in a state of good mental health here is but one link dealing with that, as there are others) and it was known among his captors.  He was the perfect “host” for their torture “experimentations.”  Words for what was done to someone not in the best of mental states totally fail me as to the unbelievable cruelty.

    Now, the U.S. attempts to recant its claims of a “high-value” detainee?  

    US Recants Claims on “High-Value” Detainee Abu Zubaydah

    Tuesday 30 March 2010

    by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t


    Editor’s Note: As of 4:51 pm PST Thursday, April 1, 2010, this story was updated to include additional information from the court document undercutting the government’s case and is now a complete write thru.  

    The Justice Department has quietly recanted nearly every major claim the Bush administration made about Abu Zubaydah, the alleged al-Qaeda leader who was the first suspected terrorist subjected to the torture of waterboarding and other White House-approved “enhanced interrogation techniques.” . . . .

    So, you see, isn’t it amazing — all of this?  We just do as we damn well please — truth, doesn’t have a part of ANYTHING.  Torture this poor soul for how long?  Then recant?  We are truly a completely lawless and unconscionable nation — doing whatever it pleases, whether it’s real or unreal — tell this story here and then another here — make it up as you go along!  

    I ask myself how is that human beings can be so utterly depraved, barren and revolting in their pursuits?  And, then, there truly was a “holocaust.”

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