Bush’s ‘Iraq-9/11’ lies based on torture

This video from the USA is called WMD LIES – Bush Cheney Rumsfeld etc. – THE ULTIMATE CLIP.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

Detainee Who Gave False Iraq Data Dies In Prison in Libya

By Peter Finn
Washington Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A former CIA high-value detainee, who provided bogus information that was cited by the Bush administration in the run-up to the Iraq war, has died in a Libyan prison, an apparent suicide, according to a Libyan newspaper.

A researcher for Human Rights Watch, who met Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi at the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli late last month, said a contact in Libya had confirmed the death.

Libi was captured fleeing Afghanistan in late 2001, and he vanished into the secret detention system run by the Bush administration. He became the unnamed source, according to Senate investigators, behind Bush administration claims in 2002 and 2003 that Iraq had provided training in chemical and biological weapons to al-Qaeda operatives. The claim was most famously delivered by then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell in his address to the United Nations in February 2003.

Powell later called the speech a “blot” on his record, saying he was not given all available intelligence and analysis within the government. The Defense Intelligence Agency and some analysts at the CIA had questioned the veracity of Libi’s testimony, which was obtained after the prisoner was transferred to Egyptian custody for questioning by the CIA, according to Senate investigators.

In their book “Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War,” Michael Isikoff and David Corn said Libi made up the story about Iraqi training after he was beaten and subjected to a “mock burial” by his Egyptian interrogators, who put him in a cramped box for 17 hours. Libi recanted the story after being returned to CIA custody in 2004.

When President George W. Bush ordered the 2006 transfer to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of high-value detainees previously held in CIA custody, Libi was pointedly missing. Human rights groups had long suspected that Libi was instead transferred to Libya, but the CIA had never confirmed where he was sent.

“I would speculate that he was missing because he was such an embarrassment to the Bush administration,” said Tom Malinowski, the head of the Washington office of Human Rights Watch. “He was Exhibit A in the narrative that tortured confessions contributed to the massive intelligence failure that preceded the Iraq war.”

The first independent confirmation of Libi’s whereabouts came two weeks ago. Heba Morayef, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, said she and a colleague met him briefly in a courtyard at the Abu Salim prison on April 27. The two were there to examine the treatment of prisoners in Libya, including other detainees once held by the United States.

Libi angrily rejected speaking to the researchers, saying, “Where were you when I was being tortured in American prisons?” according to Morayef, who described the encounter in a phone interview.

Human Rights Watch called for an independent investigation of the death.

The Obama administration recently announced that it was decommissioning the CIA’s global network of secret prisons, which have been mothballed since 2006, but human rights activists say the U.S. government should still provide the ICRC with an accounting of where it sent every prisoner it once held.

Powell aide: Cheney first approved torture to tie Iraq, al Qaeda: here.

Cheney: No ‘evidence’ of Iraq, 9/11 link: here.

Known terrorists were allowed to keep aviation licenses: here.

77 thoughts on “Bush’s ‘Iraq-9/11’ lies based on torture

  1. Abe Bucksner says:

    Was in North Africa when Germans surrendered. Don’t remember name of the city but was there when german soldiers brought there and loaded on boats and sent to the United States. Few months later from Italy went home on a furlough. Was amazed to find the german enemies were working in the mess halls, wearing good clothes and living well in quarters. Remember these are part of the people that created the houlicaust. Compare that to the tortures done to possible terorists recently. The recent vice president is a bastard.



  2. Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,

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    Dick Cheney says that torturing detainees has saved American lives. That claim is patently false. Cheney’s torture policy was directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of American servicemen and women.

    Matthew Alexander was the senior military interrogator for the task force that tracked down Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq and, at the time, a higher priority target than Osama bin Laden. Mr. Alexander has personally conducted hundreds of interrogations and supervised over a thousand of them.

    “Torture does not save lives. Torture costs us lives,” Mr. Alexander said in an exclusive interview at Brave New Studios. “And the reason why is that our enemies use it, number one, as a recruiting tool…These same foreign fighters who came to Iraq to fight because of torture and abuse….literally cost us hundreds if not thousands of American lives.”

    Watch our exclusive interview with Matthew Alexander.

    As Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post reported, “Alexander easily takes down Cheney’s arguments…The video is at once an effective rebuke of the former vice president and a sign of how the changing media landscape can flatten the field of political debate.”

    Professional interviews like this one are possible because your support has helped us build Brave New Studios, a state-of-the-art studio at our Culver City offices. Brave New Studios allows us to do the work the mainstream media routinely fails to do: to rebut lies from people like Dick Cheney with the personal testimonies of those like Mr. Alexander who have seen the facts on the ground. We are committed to bringing you more exclusive interviews and need your help. Contribute to Brave New Studios with a $20 donation.

    With the mainstream media obsessing over the personal feud between the President and the former Vice President instead of on the critical question of whether torture has led to thousands of American casualties, the work at Brave New Studios and your contribution are more important than ever.


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  3. Memorial Day reminds us that our brave young men and women continue to fight and die in the Bush-Cheney wars of lies.

    Cheney’s Iraq-Torture Scandal

    In 2002 and 2003, Dick Cheney ordered the torture of key prisoners captured in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Cheney says he ordered torture to stop another terrorist attack, but the evidence is now clear: Cheney wanted false “confessions” to justify the unprovoked U.S. invasion of Iraq.

    Those “confessions” were featured in key pre-war speeches by Cheney, George Bush, and Colin Powell that betrayed Congress, the American people, and the world.

    Thus the “Torture” scandal and the “Iraq” scandal are not two separate scandals, but one massive and historically disastrous scandal: the Iraq-Torture Scandal.

    Cheney claims his torture “saved hundreds of thousands of lives.” In reality, it cost hundreds of thousands of lives – innocent Iraqi lives. It also killed over 4,300 U.S. soldiers, maimed hundreds of thousands more, cost U.S. taxpayers $3 trillion dollars, and profoundly damaged U.S. credibility and security.

    Dick Cheney understands the enormity of his crimes and launched a public relations war to protect himself, including carefully-chosen TV interviews and speeches. His daughter (and chief defender) Liz Cheney admitted her father’s greatest fear is prosecution.

    It’s time for Congress to investigate the massive Iraq-Torture Scandal – and for the Department of Justice to prosecute Dick Cheney for creating it.

    Please sign our new petition to Congress and Attorney General Holder:


  4. Guantanamo detainee’s testimony raises questions

    CIA’s interrogation techniques under fire

    By JULIAN E. BARNES and GREG MILLER | More by this reporter | Tribune Washington Bureau |

    Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 ; Updated: 1:51 AM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    Former Guantanamo detainee Khelil Mamut looks out a window at a rainstorm, during a lunch at a restaurant near the the cottage where former detainees are staying, in the Clearview suburb of Hamilton, on the island of Bermuda, Monday, June 15, 2009. The four are Chinese ethnic Uighurs who have just been released from U.S. military custody after nearly seven years in Guantanamo, and are being resettled in Bermuda. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    WASHINGTON — Accused Sept. 11 organizer Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told U.S. military officials he gave false information to the CIA after undergoing punishing bouts of interrogation, according to documents made public Monday, a claim likely to intensify the debate over the use of harsh techniques to gain information from terrorism suspects.

    Mohammed made the assertion during hearings held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the militant leader was transferred in 2006 after being held at CIA sites since 2003.

    “I make up stories,” Mohammed said, describing in broken English an interrogation likely administered by the CIA concerning the location of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.

    “Where is he? I don’t know. Then, he torture me,” Mohammed said. “Then I said, ‘Yes, he is in this area.”

    The admission could amplify calls to make public more information about the abuse of detainees or to allow a broader inquiry into interrogation policies. Monday’s disclosure, representing the first allegation by a detainee that he lied while being subjected to harsh practices, also could raise new questions about the effectiveness of techniques.

    An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information lawsuit, said the statements raise questions about the effectiveness of the CIA’s interrogation program.

    “It underscores the unreliability of statements obtained by torture,” said Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project.

    However, the CIA took issue with the description of the techniques as torture that were not useful.

    “The CIA plainly has a very different take on its past interrogation practices — what they were and what they weren’t — and on the need to protect properly classified national security information,” said Paul Gimigliano, an agency spokesman.

    The bulk of the documents released Monday, consisting of transcripts of tribunal hearings held at Guantanamo Bay for accused al-Qaida members, have been previously released. But the Bush administration had classified many parts of them, including the detainees’ allegations they were abused in CIA custody.

    The re-released transcripts remain heavily redacted, containing long passages of blacked-out text. The ACLU expressed disappointment that Obama, who has pledged greater openness, decided to withhold so much information as part of an effort to shield the CIA.

    ACLU is continuing to pursue an array of Bush administration documents it hopes will shed further light on who authorized the interrogation program as well questions raised inside the government about the effectiveness of the harsh techniques.

    “The public has a right to know what took place in the CIA’s secret prisons,” Jaffer said.

    The ACLU said Monday it would continue to press in court for completely unclassified versions of the tribunals held in Guantanamo Bay for al-Qaida suspects that were formerly held by the CIA.

    But aside from Mohammed’s allegation he offered false information after being tortured, there is little in the way of new details in the documents released Monday.



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