Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CIA Scoots Two Ramzi bin al-Shibh Videos Under Desk

In 2007 a CIA Staffer found a box of "interrogation" video and audio tapes. The Staffer removed two of the tapes of an interrogation of 9/11 mastermind Ramzi bin al-Shibh. A federal judge has been told the tapes did not exist - twice. A U.S. official says the "the tapes record a guy sitting in a room just answering questions." Al-Shibh is said to have provided information that "formed the foundation" for part of the 9/11 attacks as well as forming parts of the 9/11 Commission Report, and a plot to crash aircraft into London's Heathrow Airport.

Ramzi bin al-Shibh

The AP says bin al-Shibh has "openly admitted" his role, praised the attacks, and has asked to plead guilty." Remember that ringleader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others withdrew their "guilty pleas" once they believed they could have a public trial, perhaps in New York City.

The tapes covered 2002 interrogations of bin al-Shibh at a facility near Rabat in Morocco:
 A Justice Department prosecutor who is already investigating whether destroying the Zubaydah and al-Nashiri tapes was illegal is now also probing why the Binalshibh tapes were never disclosed. Twice, the government told a federal judge they did not exist.
The tapes could complicate U.S. efforts to prosecute Binalshibh, 38, who has been described as a "key facilitator" in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. If the tapes surfaced at trial, they could clearly reveal Morocco's role in the counterterrorism program known as Greystone, which authorized the CIA to hold terrorists in secret prisons and shuttle them to other countries.
Bin al-Shibh's lawyers can't wait to get their hands on the tapes, as they are hoped to show that bin al-Shibh's CIA custody "made him mentally unstable." Now that he is in U.S. custody he is receiving drugs for schizophrenia "with a potent cocktail of anti-psychotic medication." You and an I are paying for them. We do not pay for the drugs for the same conditions among our homeless. A lot rests on whether or not the terrorist is mentally able to stand trial.
The CIA first publicly hinted at the existence of the Binalshibh tapes in 2007 in a letter to U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Virginia. The government twice denied having such tapes, and recanted once they were discovered. But the government blacked out Binalshibh's name from a public copy of the letter.
Katherine Herridge on Fox is just reporting that the CIA says bin al-Shibh was not waterboarded. It feels like the Keystone cops are running the CIA. Read about Ramzi bin al-Shibh's Glamor Shots.

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