November 19, 2005

Producing Evidence to Sell a War

In this post decrying the Moral Bankrupcy of Bush, I commented that I was more than a bit peeved at the assertion that al Libi was "intentionally misleading" his interrogators.

And another thing that has been bugging me the past couple of days is the number of times I've heard reports accusing the al Qaeda prisoner, al-Libi, of being a liar. How does anyone condemn him of being a liar when the reason he "lied" was because he was being tortured?

Reading Douglas Jehl's piece it was clear that al-Libi had been tortured.

The document, an intelligence report from February 2002, said it was probable that the prisoner, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, "was intentionally misleading the debriefers" in making claims about Iraqi support for Al Qaeda's work with illicit weapons.

Intentionally misleading the debriefers.... do you think that was before or after they shipped him off to Egypt?

Today, it is clear that al-Libi was producing his "evidence" that Saddam was working with al Qaeda while still in the hands of his US interrogators. They were "practicing" with their fancy new tools (given to them by our Government) to get information they needed to create a compelling reason for waging war against Iraq (emphasis mine).

According to CIA sources, Ibn al Shaykh al Libbi, after two weeks of enhanced interrogation, made statements that were designed to tell the interrogators what they wanted to hear. Sources say Al Libbi had been subjected to each of the progressively harsher techniques in turn and finally broke after being water boarded and then left to stand naked in his cold cell overnight where he was doused with cold water at regular intervals.

Remember what the reports said?

In outlining reasons for its skepticism, the D.I.A. report noted that Mr. Libi's claims lacked specific details about the Iraqis involved, the illicit weapons used and the location where the training was to have taken place.

"It is possible he does not know any further details; it is more likely this individual is intentionally misleading the debriefers," the February 2002 report said. "Ibn al-Shaykh has been undergoing debriefs for several weeks and may be describing scenarios to the debriefers that he knows will retain their interest."

When they found they could get no more "detail" from him, they sent him to Egypt where the gloves could really come off.

Reading this makes me want to cry. What are we creating when we allow such immoral and deeply sinful acts to be done in response to "keeping Americans safe?" Frankly, I believe the damage to the American psyche is almost irreparable. What karma have we called on ourselves and our children in letting these ghouls conduct their secret war in our name?

Hat tip to Atrios for the link to the ABC article which lays out how torture was used to get a false confession that then was used to sell the war.

Posted by Mary at November 19, 2005 05:10 PM | Law/Justice | Technorati links |