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  • Obama May Free Top Aide To 9/11 Mastermind From Gitmo

    04/24/2015 5:24:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Investor´s BusinessDaily ^ | 4/24/15 | Editorial
    Betrayal: Another Obama amnesty program is well underway — at Guantanamo, where three dangerous al-Qaida operatives have quietly been OK´d for release in three months. And now a close aide to the 9/11 mastermind is also on tap for release. After already freeing an al-Qaida bomb maker last month — over the objections of U.S. intelligence, which warned, "He would be capable of re-engaging as an explosives expert or trainer" — the parole board that Obama set up to clear out Gitmo is now poised to rubber-stamp for release a close associate of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Gitmo´s so-called Periodic Review
  • “Allah’s (White House) Muslim Terrorist” + Taliban’s TOP Jihadis + Bergdahl’s Islamic Family = The L

    02/04/2015 11:27:57 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 4 replies
    Adina Kutnicki A ZIONIST & CONSERVATIVE Blog ^ | February 5, 2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    “Commentary By Adina Kutnicki by Adina Kutnicki AS patriots await the official (Allah-wash) report regarding Bergdahl's (military-related) status, there are certain facts which are indisputable. We will get to that. BUT intertwined with the upcoming Pentagon's evaluation - re the aforementioned deserter and traitor - underlies the "logic" behind trading him for top Taliban leaders. IN this regard, it begs the question: why would the leader of the free world trade any soldier, let alone one with "questionable" loyalty, for high value, prized terror leaders? Well, if one's leanings are Islamist-infused, the question becomes the logical inverse: why not? Not...
  • Former al Qaeda operative freed, sent home to Qatar

    01/21/2015 2:34:43 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 20, 2015 | By David Weinberg
    Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, an admitted former al Qaeda operative, has been released from a American jail and permitted to return home to Qatar. No formal statement has been released yet by either government, but it is being reported that al Marri's release was the result of a bilateral agreement between the Qatari and American governments. According to the US Bureau of Prisons, a prisoner with the same name and estimated age (ID number 12194-026) was freed on Friday. Additionally, a source from al Marri's family told the Qatari press he was recently released and arrived in Doha Saturday....
  • Malaysia holding LA's al Qaeda plotters

    02/10/2006 4:51:07 AM PST · by Coop · 20 replies · 740+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/10/06 | Simon Cameron-Moore
    ...A Southeast Asian intelligence official said at least three members of a Southeast Asian cell earmarked to carry out the attack on the West Coast were being held in Malaysia under the Internal Security Act, which allows detention without trial. "One guy was given money to go for pilot training," said the official, who has proven reliable in the past. He said the would-be pilot, Zaini Zakaria, was arrested in 2002, and the others were probably chosen to play supporting roles in the hijacking. Members of the cell fled to Malaysia from Afghanistan after the United States began bombing al...
  • Analysis: Freed former al Qaeda operative was part of intelligence dispute

    01/21/2015 8:59:44 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 21, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    Last month, Senator Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the executive summary of their final report investigating the CIA's controversial detention and interrogation program. As part of their study, the Democrats compiled twenty case studies, which were intended to address claims made by the CIA regarding the efficacy of its interrogations. One of those case studies focused on the identification and arrest of Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, who was freed from a US prison just days ago. Al Marri served as a "sleeper" operative for al Qaeda inside the US in 2001....
  • Obama Releases Convicted Terrorist al-Marri

    01/21/2015 7:33:06 AM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies
    nationalreview ^ | Jan. 20, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Long War Journal reports that the Obama administration has released Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri from a U.S. prison – not from Gitmo, but from a civilian jail after a federal terrorism conviction. Al-Marri is an al-Qaeda operative who was planted as a “sleeper” in the United States by Khalid Sheikh Mohamed to await instructions on carrying out a second wave of attacks after the 9/11 atrocities – against water reservoirs, the New York Stock Exchange, U.S. military academies, and other targets. The Justice Department quietly sprung him on Friday so he could return to his native Qatar, a country the...
  • Thinking About Torture

    12/12/2014 7:47:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | December 12, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    For a long time I resisted the word "torture" when discussing the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don't think I can do that anymore. The report put out by Diane Feinstein and her fellow Democrats may be partisan, one-sided, tendentious and "full of crap," as Dick Cheney put it the other night on "Special Report with Bret Baier." But even the selective use and misuse of facts doesn't change their status as facts. What some of these detainees went through pretty obviously amounted to torture. You can call it "psychological torture" or...
  • 20 key findings about CIA interrogations

    12/09/2014 11:10:15 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 49 replies
    Almost 13 years after the CIA established secret prisons to hold and interrogate detainees, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA’s programs listing 20 key findings. Click a statement below for a summary of the findings: 1 “not an effective means of acquiring intelligence” “The CIA’s use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees.” The Committee finds, based on a review of CIA interrogation records, that the use of the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of obtaining accurate information or gaining detainee...
  • U.S. Navy Commander found murdered in Orange Park hotel

    03/05/2014 5:42:39 AM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies
    ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- U.S. Navy Commander Alphonso Doss, 44, was slain at a hotel in Orange Park about two weeks ago. According to the Orange Park Police Department, investigators found Doss, of Pensacola, dead at the Astoria Hotel located at 150 Park Avenue and east of Wells Road. Authorities from both the Clay County Sheriff's Office and the Orange Park Police Department found Doss' body around 8:45 a.m. Doss' body was sent to the medical examiner's office in Jacksonville....
  • Navy Commander Who Interrogated 9/11 Terrorist Mastermind KSM Found Murdered

    03/03/2014 4:21:26 AM PST · by La Lydia · 87 replies
    Conservative refocus ^ | March 3, 2013 | Barry Secrest
    ORANGE PARK, FLA. — The death of a Navy commander found in a room at the Astoria Hotel on Feb. 12 was ruled a homicide, the Orange Park Police Department announced Wednesday. The Jacksonville Medical Examiner's Office made the ruling on Feb. 13 in the death of Cmdr. Alphonso Doss, 44, of Pensacola, according to the release from the OPPD. Doss' manner of death is not being released at this time while the OPPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Office investigate. Doss reported to Naval Education and Training Command in Nov. 2011, according to the Navy. While in Jacksonville, he...
  • Deal reached to allow Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to testify

    02/13/2014 7:46:36 PM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | FEb 13, 2014 | Richard A. Serrano
    Lawyers in the upcoming trial of an alleged top Al Qaeda leader reached a compromise Thursday to allow his defense attorney to submit written questions to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, with government lawyers allowed to review the questions and answers from the presumed Sept. 11 mastermind to ensure no classified material is included. If government national security officials clear those replies, that could lead to highly dramatic testimony from Mohammed during the New York trial of Sulaiman abu Ghaith, possibly through a closed-circuit feed or videotape from Guantanamo Bay. The complex turn of events came after Mohammed agreed to help the...
  • Alleged mastermind behind 9/11 attacks says he has renounced violence

    01/14/2014 5:20:28 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 28 replies
    National Post ^ | January 14, 2014 | Araminta Wordsworth
    Instead of blowing people up, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attack wants to bring converts to Islam by subtler means of persuasion. Khalid Sheik Mohammed is seeking to convince members of the military tribunal trying him at Guantamo Bay he has renounced violence. In a 36-page manifesto published in the Huffington Post, he even argues, “The Holy Koran forbids us to use force as a means of converting” and reaching “truth and reality never comes by muscles and force but by using the mind and wisdom.” “Don’t believe the media that the mujahedeen believe that Islam spread in...
  • 9/11: America's Unfinished Business

    09/11/2013 3:26:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | September 11, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Before we head to Syria to avenge the mass murder of their kids, how about we finish avenging ours? When I say "finish," of course I really mean "start." A dozen years after the 9/11 attacks, the trials against the jihadist plotters who incinerated pregnant women, firefighters, grandparents, newlyweds, toddlers and schoolkids on their first-ever plane rides have yet to begin. Justice not only has been delayed and denied. Justice has been demoted, disowned and deserted. Justice for the 9/11 victims and families isn't blindfolded. She's gagged and hogtied. The terror-coddling Obama White House squandered precious years trying to shut...
  • Vanishing files delay Guantanamo hearings in 9/11 case

    04/17/2013 7:36:31 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-17-2013 | Jane Sutton
    MIAMI (Reuters) - Guantanamo war crimes prosecutions of five prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 hijacked planes attacks will be delayed by two months because of lost files caused by Pentagon computer problems, U.S. military officials said on Wednesday. A weeklong pretrial hearing had been set to begin on Monday in the death penalty case against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the attacks, and four alleged co-conspirators. The judge overseeing the case postponed the hearing until June 17 at the request of defense lawyers who said three to four weeks' worth of their confidential work files had...
  • al-Qaeda Terrorist Trials Open Off-Broadway!!! With Traveling Music!!!

    03/08/2013 8:37:36 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-8-2013 | MOTUS
    Did you know that 30 years ago today Ronald Reagan first called the Soviet Union the  “Evil Empire” in a speech  delivered at a meeting of the National Association of Evangelicals?     Calling communism “the focus of evil in the modern world,”  his otherwise rather routine speech  electrified and polarized the political class, as it was delivered at a time when Congress was debating a resolution in support of a "nuclear freeze," a doctrine  then supported, not surprisingly, by the Soviet Union. It’s still supported today by Russia, their successor of evil. And apparently it’s still supported by Reagan’s successor...
  • Terrorist serving life for role in 1993 WTC bombing reportedly sues to end solitary

    02/18/2013 6:57:22 AM PST · by Innovative · 30 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | FoxNews
    A convicted terrorist serving life with no parole plus 240 years for masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has reportedly filed a lawsuit arguing he should be let out of solitary confinement. "I request an immediate end to my solitary confinement and ask to be in a unit in an open prison environment where inmates are allowed outside their cells for no less than 14 hours a day," he reportedly wrote in confidential government records obtained by The Los Angeles Times. His terror acts were funded by Al Qaeda and his uncle Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is allegedly the...
  • DEF SEC Panetta Admits that CIA Used the Information from Waterboarding to Capture Osama Bin Laden

    02/03/2013 7:42:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 February 2013 | Meghan Keneally
    Defense Secretary Panetta admits that CIA used the information from waterboarding to capture Osama Bin Laden • Controversial film Zero Dark Thirty has graphic waterboarding scene • Director Kathryn Bigelow says all information in the film was based on 'first hand accounts' of what happened but now Senator disputes theory Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that some of the information that was used to locate and kill Osama bin Laden was attained using torture. The admission comes after months of speculation about the role that waterboarding plays in CIA interrogations following its graphic depiction in the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark...
  • Ex-CIA Officer: Yes, Harsh Interrogations Helped Us Nail Bin Laden

    01/04/2013 4:48:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | January 4, 2013 | Guy Benson
    This doesn't quite qualify as breaking news for those who tracked the extraordinary labyrinth of intelligence that emerged in the days following the 2011 Abbottabad raid, but the subject of US interrogation policy is again generating controversy in advance of the release of 'Zero Dark Thirty,' a film that dramatizes the bin Laden mission.  Writing in today's Washington Post, a former top CIA counter-terrorism officer sets the record straight on what measures were, and were not, employed to help bring down the world's most infamous terrorist.  Jose Rodriguez -- who made headlines last year when his book exposed Nancy Pelosi's...
  • 'CIA island jail' to be probed [at an airbase on the island of Diego Garcia....]

    10/19/2007 1:45:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies · 129+ views
    'CIA island jail' to be probed A UK parliamentary committee is to investigate allegations that US authorities held 'terrorist' suspects in secret prisons on an Indian Ocean island leased by the US from Britain, officials said. Reprieve, a British legal charity, says the CIA detained suspected al-Qaeda members at an airbase on the island of Diego Garcia. Reprieve says at least three al-Qaeda linked prisoners - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah and Hambali - were held on the island with the consent of British authorities. George Bush, the US president, admitted in 2006 the CIA had held the three and...
  • Victims’ Families Invited To Watch 9/11 Hearings

    10/14/2012 7:30:02 PM PDT · by arasina · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 14, 2012 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — The families of people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks have been invited to military installations in four states to watch pretrial hearings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five men charged with planning or assisting the terrorist strike. The hearings, which begin Monday, are closed to the public, but relatives who register in advance can watch on closed-circuit television at forts in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York City. The suspects on trial before the military commission include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • Book: Military feared use of terrorist's comments

    06/07/2012 1:13:40 AM PDT · by Saije · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/7/2012 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON—Military prosecutors won't say whether they plan to use newly disclosed tape recordings in the upcoming trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed even though the tapes could solve the prosecution's problems with tainted evidence. A new book says Justice Department prosecutors were stunned to learn three years ago that the U.S. military had secretly tape-recorded incriminating comments that Mohammed made to fellow detainees during daily prison yard conversations but was not planning to use them at military tribunals. In "Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency," journalist Daniel Klaidman says Mohammed was...
  • Chutzpah: Women at 9/11 trial Should Cover up Out of Respect for Terrorists

    05/07/2012 5:34:36 AM PDT · by safetysign · 31 replies
    TLJ News ^ | 05/06/2012 | staff
    A female defense attorney, who is not Muslim, wore the traditional Islamic hijab to the military court staging the trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners accused of the September 11 attacks yesterday. Cheryl Bormann, 52, who represents Walid bin Attash, said that her client had demanded she wear the clothing and insisted that other women at the hearing also wear ‘appropriate’ clothes out of respect for his religion. Today she explained her decision at Guantanamo Bay, saying she always wears the hijab around her client. She asked that other women follow her example so that the defendants do not have...
  • Chutzpah: Women at 9/11 trial Should Cover up Out of Respect for Terrorists

    05/07/2012 5:34:18 AM PDT · by safetysign · 9 replies
    TLJ News ^ | 05/06/2012 | staff
    A female defense attorney, who is not Muslim, wore the traditional Islamic hijab to the military court staging the trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners accused of the September 11 attacks yesterday. Cheryl Bormann, 52, who represents Walid bin Attash, said that her client had demanded she wear the clothing and insisted that other women at the hearing also wear ‘appropriate’ clothes out of respect for his religion. Today she explained her decision at Guantanamo Bay, saying she always wears the hijab around her client. She asked that other women follow her example so that the defendants do not have...
  • 9/11 defendants ignore judge at Guantanamo hearing

    05/05/2012 8:01:58 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 62 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 5/5/12 | BEN FOX
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — They knelt in prayer, ignored the judge and wouldn't listen to Arabic translations as they confronted nearly 3,000 counts of murder. The self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four co-defendants defiantly disrupted an arraignment that dragged into Saturday night in the opening act of the long-stalled effort to prosecute them in a military court. It wasn't until more than seven hours into the hearing that prosecutors at the U.S. military base in Cuba began reading the charges against the men, including 2,976 counts of murder and terrorism in the 2001 attacks...
  • 9/11 trial begins at Guantanamo with protest by defendants [Updated]

    05/05/2012 10:30:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 5, 2012, 10:14 a.m. | Richard A. Serrano
    The arraignment of accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four top Al Qaeda lieutenants opened Saturday in a heavily guarded island courtroom with the so-called “Gitmo 5” launching a silent protest, refusing to cooperate, listen to translations or even answer fundamental questions about a process that could end their lives. The long-awaited trial began with defense lawyers speaking for the alleged terrorists and arguing that the protest was over their clients’ anger about alleged CIA torture and mistreatment at the prison on the southern rim of Cuba. … (Updated at 10:14 a.m., May 5:) Three hours into the...
  • (The Man Who Waterboarded KSM) Ex-CIA Chief Defends Waterboarding Of Al Qaeda Leader

    04/26/2012 9:33:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 26, 2012 | 60 Minutes
    Ex-CIA chief defends waterboarding of al Qaeda leader Jose Rodriguez has no regrets about using the "enhanced interrogation techniques" - methods that some consider torture -- on al Qaeda detainees questioned after 9/11 and denies charges they didn't work. The former head of the CIA's Clandestine Service talks to Lesley Stahl about those methods, including waterboarding, for the first time and defends their use - even comparing them to the current policy of killing al Qaeda leaders with drone strikes. The Rodriguez interview will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, April 29 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Rodriguez says everything his...
  • Ex-Kerry aide charged with outing Gitmo CIA operatives

    01/25/2012 5:35:03 PM PST · by Boston Blackie · 18 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 25, 2012 | O’Ryan Johnson and Dave Wedge
    A former staffer for Bay State Sen. John F. Kerry has been charged with leaking the names of CIA operatives, including one who was involved in the interrogation of terror suspects held at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and Kerry’s office.
  • Triple Islamic crime: massacring 3,000 on 911 / "Palestinians" celebrating / conspiracy theories

    09/09/2011 7:46:54 AM PDT · by Righting
    September 11, 2001                                         The Islamic Jihad [carried out by mostly Saudi Arabs] massacres (around) 3,000 innocent people in the U.S. * al-Qaeda's Bin Laden admits to the crime. * The sick 'death cult' - Arab "Palestinians" celebrating it. * Ring leader: Mohamed Atta & his accomplices: profiles of '"Pious" dirty Muslim hypocrisy'[The Jihadist Muslim terrorists --while professing criticism of western sexual morality and covered with towels pictures containing women hanging in their hotel room, they-- visited/used: strip joints, lap dances,...
  • Charges filed against 9/11 accused at Guantanamo (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed)

    05/31/2011 9:09:27 PM PDT · by PROCON · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | May 31, 2011
    Prosecutors filed charges against 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators, bringing the five a step closer to facing a Guantanamo military tribunal. The charges, which must now be approved by a tribunal official, set the stage for the highest-profile Al-Qaeda suspects in custody to finally face justice almost a decade after the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
  • KSM counted seconds during waterboarding (Ensure drink is enhanced interrogation technique)

    05/16/2011 9:37:17 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 54 replies
    Politico ^ | May 16, 2011 | Josh Gerstein
    "KSM figured out waterboarding. He figured out the limits," Marc Theissen, a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, said during a panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. KSM "actually mocked his interrogators by holding out his arm and counting off the seconds with his hand. He knew exactly how far we could go and when the terrorists know how far you can go it's very very hard to break them." Justice Department memos released by President Barack Obama indicate that the maximum duration for a single application of water to a terror suspect in the program authorized...
  • How Waterboarding Breaks You: An O'Reilly Factor Exposé

    05/10/2011 8:07:41 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 13 replies
    In this O'Reilly Factor exposé Marc Thiessen, the former chief speechwriter for President Bush, explains the enhanced interrogation methods used to start the chain of events which eventually lead to the death of Usama bin Laden. While most people believe that these methods are used to extract information, Thiessen explains that enhanced interrogations are used to create a more cooperative environment. After the subject is broken, interrogators can then start to extract the desired information, sometimes as simply as having a conversation with the person. BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Now for the top story tonight: an inside look at how the...
  • From the files of Terror Inc

    08/16/2004 3:02:51 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 571 replies · 7,393+ views ^ | August 14, 2004 | Alan Cullison
    The September11 terror attacks in the US were staged to overcome disunity in al-Qa'ida, confidential computer records reveal. Alan Cullison reports on what happened after his laptop was wrecked while he was covering the combat in Afghanistan IN the autumn of 2001, I was one of scores of journalists who ventured into northern Afghanistan to write about the US-assisted war against the Taliban. After losing use of my computer in an accident, I scrawled stories by candlelight with a ballpoint pen and read dispatches to my editors at The Wall Street Journal over a satellite phone. When the Taliban's defences...
  • Al-Qaida Operative Captured in Iraq in 2004 Was Key Source for ID’ing Bin Laden Courier

    05/06/2011 3:49:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 6, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    ( – Information from an al-Qaida operative named Hassan Ghul, captured in Iraq in 2004, provided the “key moment” in identifying the notorious courier that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden, a U.S. government official confirmed to Further, the official said, high ranking al-Qaida operatives Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) – the mastermind of 9/11 -- and Abu Faraj al-Libi, each tried to mislead interrogators about the courier, whose nickname was Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti. KSM identified al-Kuwaiti as not important, while al-Libi declined even knowing him. This greatly conflicted with what other detainees had said. The...
  • 9/11 Relative: Obama Turned His Back on Me

    05/05/2011 8:59:14 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 9 replies ^ | May 5, 2011 | None indicated
    Burlingame describes the encounter with Obama: "As a former attorney I know you can't tell the Attorney General what to do, he said, 'No, I can't.' But I said 'we -- that shouldn't stop you from giving your opinion. We wouldn't be here today if they hadn't done their jobs. Can't you at least give them your opinion.'
  • New Book on KSM: US Military Defers to Inmates, Hides US Flag at Gitmo

    05/03/2011 8:04:39 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 44 replies
    Andrew Breitbart ^ | 05/03/11 | Dave Reiboi
    In an especially well-timed release this week, Richard Miniter’s MASTERMIND: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed reveals Mohammed’s rise to the top of Al Qaeda and his planning of the jihadist attacks on America in 2001. More than that, though, Miniter’s book includes shocking new disclosures about how the US treats its detainees. Miniter tells Big Peace: I was stunned to learn while researching Mastermind that Guantanamo detainees succeeded in convincing prison officials to no longer raise the American flag anywhere they could see it. Each morning on every U.S. military base around the world, the...
  • Waterboard Veterans Sign In

    05/03/2011 1:53:07 PM PDT · by Mariner · 43 replies
    My Unstable Mind | May 3rd, 2011 | Mariner
    With all the renewed talk about waterboarding I thought it would be a good thing to open a thread where folks who have been waterboarded can sign and leave their comments for posterity.The rest of the Freepers can thank us for our service and sacrifice in perfecting this effective non-torture technique.And, there is not one person who has administered a session that has not themselves been "on the board".
  • Raid that got bin Laden was culmination of years of work, sr. admin officials say

    05/01/2011 11:30:46 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 33 replies ^ | 05/02/11 | Philip Klein
    Apparently, the key to the whole operation was finding and tracking Bin Laden’s most trusted courier, a process that took years — and involved info given by Guantanamo detainees: Sunday afternoon’s raid by U.S. forces that killed Osama bin Laden was the “culmination of years of careful and highly advanced intelligence work,” senior administration officials said in a conference call, describing the genesis of an operation that sounded like it was right out of a “Mission Impossible” movie. Some time after Sept. 11, detainees held by the U.S. told interrogators about a man believed to work as a courier for...
  • Report: Harsh Interrogation Techniques Helped Nail Bin Laden

    05/02/2011 3:57:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | May 2, 2011 | Guy Benson
    The, ahem, "man-caused death" of the world's most infamous terrorist is marvelous news for our country.  It is a testament to the skill and dedication of our men and women in uniform, and to the tireless work of our intelligence agencies.  It completes the hard and sometimes frustrating efforts of two successive presidential administrations.  That justice has been visited upon bin Laden is an unmitigated, non-partisan good.  But as the media pieces together the puzzle of how yesterday's surgical mission came to be, a politically controversial fact has arisen -- the investigation into locating and neutralizing bin Laden gained early...
  • Senior Official on Bin Laden Compound: ‘We Were Shocked By What We Saw’

    05/02/2011 1:12:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 101 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 2, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - A senior administration official providing the “details on the intelligence background” of the raid that killed al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden said that when U.S. intelligence officials first discovered the compound in Pakistan where they believed bin Laden was living they “were shocked” by what they saw. U.S. intelligence agencies found the compound after years of following a trail that began with information they gleaned from “post-9/11 period” al Qaeda detainees, the official said in a conference call briefing held by the White House shortly after midnight. The transcript of the briefing was posted on...
  • Did Waterboarding Just Get Vindicated?

    05/02/2011 1:00:39 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 41 replies
    Joe Weisenthal ^ | 5-2-11 | Business Insider
    The view from (some) on the right in regard to the Bin Laden news is: waterboarding is vindicated. One GOP Congressman tweeted: Wonder what President Obama thinks of water boarding now? The reason is that there's a direct line to be traced from the big news to data collected at GITMO -- data that was almost certainly collected under duress. Here's the key interrogation note regarding a courier going to Abottabad: Rest @ link
  • WikiLeaks: Osama bin Laden Killed After Tip-Off From His Deputy [Waterboarding Works!]

    05/02/2011 11:50:51 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | May 02, 2011 | Tim Ross
    WikiLeaks: Osama bin Laden Killed After Tip-Off From His Deputy The mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, who was interrogated using “torture” techniques, gave the United States the breakthrough that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden. 02 May 2011 Follow Tim Ross on Twitter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), who was repeatedly subjected to methods including “waterboarding” and stress positions, provided the CIA with the name of bin Laden’s personal courier, according to US officials. A second source – also an al-Qaeda “leader” held at Guantanamo Bay – then confirmed the courier’s identity, sparking an intense manhunt that resulted in...
  • Why Holder must resign

    04/07/2011 1:28:10 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 6, 2011 | Peter King
    On Monday, as Attorney General Eric Holder stood at the podium at the Justice Department headquarters in Washington to announce that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 terrorists would be tried by military commissions at Guantanamo, he still insisted that he'd much prefer to try them in civilian courts. The guy just doesn't get it -- and because he doesn't, he should resign forthwith. Almost a year-and-a-half ago, when he announced at the same podium that he'd decided to try KSM and four of his co-conspirators in lower Manhattan, Holder did so with complete disregard for the security and day-to-day-activities...
  • The worst Attorney General in the history of the US

    04/06/2011 2:32:00 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 21 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-06-11 | DrJohn
    I never thought I'd say it, but I miss Janet Reno. I never thought I'd ever again see an Attorney General of such incompetence, yet here we are. In what CNN calls "A long line of Obama shifts" Eric Holder announced that Khalid Sheik Mohammaed would be tried in a military tribunal instead of a civilian court. The poor man whined about Congress interfering and forcing him to try KSM in the military rather than the civilian system. He made it clear that he believes he knows better than Congress what to do with KSM: Expressing his disappointment in...
  • The Obama Administration Finally Reverses A Dangerously Dumb Decision

    04/06/2011 7:44:45 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 15 replies
    It took two years, but the Obama administration finally announced that self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators will face prosecution by a military tribunal in Guantanamo. Attorney General Eric Holder, appearing as if he had been waterboarded into reversing his prior decision to try them in a federal court in New York, made the announcement yesterday. The reversal spared the nation from a made-for-TV Al Qaeda propaganda circus and allowed New Yorkers to breathe a sigh of relief that they won’t have to host these monsters in their backyard. Nevertheless, Holder just couldn’t miss an...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama caves on terror trials

    04/05/2011 6:04:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 5, 2011 | Editorial
    Attorney general forced to accept military tribunals for terrorists Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s 13-minute rant on abandoning plans for a civilian criminal trial for Sept. 11 attack mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) had the distinct tone of a sore loser. Mr. Holder’s failure to sell his vision of giving international terrorists the full constitutional rights enjoyed by U.S. citizens is a big win for our country. Mr. Holder was clearly not happy about the fact that he has been ordered to drop his plans for a open-court trial in New York City for the al Qaeda uber-terrorist in...
  • Burlingame: AG Eric Holder is a ‘disgrace’ (Excellent VIDEO at link)

    04/05/2011 10:44:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | April 5, 2011 | Bryan Preston
    Debra Burlingame appeared on Fox today to react to the Obama administration’s reversal on trying captured terrorists in military tribunals. Burlingame blasted Attorney General Eric Holder as a “disgrace,” says the administration has been “incredibly dishonest” with the 9-11 families, and blasted Holder’s behavior toward the families of 9-11 victims. She also adds that she believes Holder has invited leftwing groups to attack the tribunals, and that he wants the tribunals to fail. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) adds that if Holder really feels so strongly against trying terrorists in military tribunals, he should resign. Burlingame’s brother, American Airlines pilot Charles...
  • Obama Affirms Another Bush Policy

    04/05/2011 7:18:53 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 1 replies ^ | 4/5/11 | Joy Tiz
    Presidential hopeful, Barack Obama announced via the dumbest attorney general since Janet Reno that KSM and his terrorist comrades will be tried in military tribunals. The announcement coincided with Obama’s official declaration of his candidacy. The never astute AG, Eric Holder, had desparately wanted to please Obama’s boss, George Soros,by trying KSM and his fellow True Believers in Manhattan. Nobody in New York other than the liberal trustonians thought this was a sane idea. The simpering Holder blamed it all on congress. America thanks you, 112th.
  • Republicans Applaud Obama Surrender (McCain, other RINOs praise Obama, Holder)

    04/04/2011 9:19:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    TIME ^ | 2011-04-04
    McCain/Lieberman: "It is the right decision and we strongly commend the President and the Attorney General for reaching this decision."
  • Holder's ungracious punt

    04/05/2011 3:23:47 AM PDT · by Scanian · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 05, 2011 | Editorial
    It took 500 days, but President Obama yesterday abandoned his ill-conceived effort to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a civilian courtroom. Attorney General Eric Holder was none too gracious about it, however. It was back in November 2009 that Obama and Holder docketed KSM and four confederates for trial in New York. An uproar ensued -- understandably -- and Congress promptly outlawed the movement of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the US. There the matter stood for some 15 months -- until yesterday, when Holder announced that the deadly quintet will now return to military commissions at Gitmo, right...
  • JW Statement on the Obama Justice Department’s Announcement that Khalid Sheikh...

    04/04/2011 6:06:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 4, 2011
    Complete title: JW Statement on the Obama Justice Department’s Announcement that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be Tried before Military Commission “It is no coincidence that this stunning reversal comes on the day that President Obama announced his reelection campaign. We are grateful that the opposition of the American people beat back the ‘terrorist lobby’ in the Obama administration to keep the KSM trial in Gitmo, where it belongs.” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement today regarding the Obama Justice Department’s stunning reversal that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried by a military commission and not by a...