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Posted on Monday, 06.15.09

Accused 9/11 mastermind: 'I make up stories'

Reputed al Qaeda kingpin Khalid Sheik Mohammed as portrayed in the sketch on the left from his military commissions apperance June 5, 2008, at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, shows a much changed man from the image taken by Pakistani security forces at the time of his March 4, 2003 capture.
Reputed al Qaeda kingpin Khalid Sheik Mohammed as portrayed in the sketch on the left from his military commissions apperance June 5, 2008, at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, shows a much changed man from the image taken by Pakistani security forces at the time of his March 4, 2003 capture.

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By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Accused al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed complained that interrogators tortured lies out of him, though he proudly took credit for more than two dozen other terror plots, according to newly released sections of government transcripts.

''I make up stories,'' Mohammed said at one point in his 2007 hearing at Guantánamo Bay.

In broken English, he described an interrogation in which he was asked the location of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

''Where is he? I don't know,'' Mohammed said. 'Then he torture me. Then I said, 'Yes, he is in this area or this is al Qaeda which I don't know him.' I said no, they torture me.''

Yet at the same military tribunal hearing, Mohammed ticked off a list of 29 terror plots in which he took part.

The transcripts were released as part of a lawsuit in which the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking documents and details of the government's terror detainee programs.

Previous accounts of the military tribunal hearings had been made public, but the Obama administration went back and reviewed the still-secret sections and determined that more portions could be released.

Most of the new material centers around the detainees' claims of abuse during interrogations while being held overseas in CIA custody.

One detainee, Abu Zubaydah, told the tribunal that after months ``of suffering and torture, physically and mentally, they did not care about my injuries.''

Zubaydah was the first detainee subjected to Bush administration-approved harsh interrogation techniques, which included a simulated form of drowning known as waterboarding, slamming the suspect into walls and prolonged period of nudity.

Zubaydah claimed in the hearing that he ``nearly died four times.''

''After a few months went by, during which I almost lost my mind and my life, they made sure I didn't die,'' Zubaydah said.

He claimed that after many months of such treatment, authorities concluded he was not the No. 3 person in al Qaeda as they had long believed

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Comment by James H. Fetzer on June 18, 2009 at 4:53pm
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Khalid Sheikh claims to have lied under CIA torture

WASHINGTON: Khalid Sheikh Muhammed, one of the Al Qaeda’s top operatives and self-confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, claimed to have lied under torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to government transcripts released on Monday.

“I just make up stories,” he said in broken English, telling a 2007 military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay of an interrogation session, during which he was asked about the location of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

“Where is he? [I said] I don’t know. Then he torture me,” Muhammed said.

Muhammad claimed whenever he gave them information, whether true or false, he was left alone, but whenever he refused to cooperate, he was tortured.

Although he said he made false confessions, in the same hearing, Mohammed’s personal representative read a statement in which Muhammad admitted to having taken part in 31 separate terror plots.

Another “high value” detainee, Abu Zubaydah, said he almost died under interrogation.

“After months of suffering and torture, physically and mentally, they did not care about my injuries, which they had inflicted to my eye, stomach, bladder, my left thigh and my reproductive organs. The doctors told me I had nearly died four times,” Zubaydah said. afp

Khalid Sheikh claims to have lied under CIA torture

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