Skip to comments.Subcommittee Examines Lawyers Who Approved Harsh Methods (Senate- LIVE THREAD- 10 AM)
Posted on 05/13/2009 6:30:40 AM PDT by SE Mom
A Senate Judiciary Subcmte. looks into the legal conduct of Justice Dept. lawyers who approved harsh interrogation techniques.
One of the witnesses, fmr. FBI agent Ali Soufan, interrogated Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah.
(Excerpt) Read more at cspan.org ...
This may turn into a hot hearing, ping.
Pelosi up next to be questioned?
As former FBI agent Ali Soufan prepares to testify publicly for the first time about the FBIs role in the torture policies of the Bush administration, some aspects of his testimony are already clear. Torture doesnt work, Soufan wrote in a high-profile New York Times op-ed in late April, and he knows because he, as part of the team interrogating al-Qaeda detainee Abu Zubaydah from March to June 2002, got reliable information out of him before the harsh techniques were introduced later in August. Alongside accounts of FBI agents resisting torture at Guantanamo Bay and with another al-Qaeda detainee named Ibn Shaikh al-Libi, Soufans account has gone a long way toward portraying the FBI as a lonely institutional outpost of opposition to harsh interrogations...
...Soufans account does not entirely match up with the inspector generals, both in terms of the timeline he gave, and his participation in a subsequent interrogation that went beyond traditional FBI interrogation techniques. He wrote in his op-ed that the harsh techniques used on Abu Zubaydah such as waterboarding, to which Abu Zubaydah was subjected 83 times, according to a recently-declassified 2005 Justice Department memorandum only occurred in August 2002, after I objected to the enhanced techniques and was subsequently withdrawn from the interrogation by senior FBI management.
Sigh- I guess about the same time Dodd and Frank testify about Fannie/Freddie.
That these hearing are even being held makes my blood boil.
Let me know when Jack Bauer comes up to testify.
The show trials begin.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) leads up this committee....the media will not report this is just a witch hunt.
I am sure there will be no mention of the instructions in the Al Qaeda training manual for jihadi’s ‘captured by the great satan’ to lodge false claims of torture and abuse....there never is a mention of that from anyone in the media or congress..or talk radio for that matter. I remember reading the section back in 2003 when the AQ training manual was on the FBI’s website. They know just how to use our own leftist garbage against this country. There was also a section on demanding lawyers and ‘rights’ if captured.
An FBI agent named “Ali” comes out and writes a NYT op-ed against “torture.” Why do I not trust this guy?
We know it’s a witch hunt- though it’s the witches asking the questions. Odd country we’re living in. I already don’t recognize it and he’s only been at it for four months.
This guy is going to be lionized by the left- though there’s already substantial doubt cast on his veracity.
Yep, the values of the people running the country represent the values of the fringe far-left. This will be noticed during the next election, whether the media tries to cover it up or not.
Yeah, I wonder whose side this guy is on. Aren’t the followers of Islam instructed to lie to anyone of another faith in order to bring about their submission? This is a bad joke, and the jokers in Congress have no clue what they are doing.
Oh geez, if a Democrat was in the White House, they would have waterboarded too, and the Rats would approve.
They are just clutching at straws to try to get Bush for anything....by coming up with this forced outrage.
I’ve got it on. They are starting with Sheldon Whitehouse who is one of the most despicable human beings on the planet.
He starts off calling Bush a liar.
Wow, If Whitehouse has alread made up his mind, what’s the need for a hearing?
I’m already enraged by this man.
He’s a fool. A dangerous fool.
I’ve seen him on the Senate floor several times. There is no one more vicious.
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