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The morning paper's ink stains my fingers: CCCIII
The morning paper's ink stains my fingers: CCCII
can either be a smile or a smirk
i'm not demanding the answers now
The morning paper's ink stains my fingers: CCCI
Now I see a darkness
The morning paper's ink stains my fingers: CCC
The morning paper's ink stains my fingers: CCXCIX
The morning paper's ink stains my fingers: CCXCVII...
Friday, April 27, 2007
caught in a trap, and i can't get out:
Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi -- a longtime bin Laden deputy believed to be a liaison between al-Qaeda in Pakistan(ish) and al-Qaeda in Iraq, as well as between al-Qaeda Prime and the Taliban --is now on his way to Guantanamo Bay. Not much is clear right now about his capture -- such as where and when it took place -- but CIA played a big role in it, and chances are so did Pakistani intelligence. This AP story suggests he was on his way to Iraq, so it'll be interesting to see whether information generated from inside Anbar province played any role in alerting U.S. intelligence to al-Iraqi's planned movement.
Something else to keep an eye out for: how long al-Iraqi spent in CIA custody before his transfer to Guantanamo. Last year, the agency told the White House it wants out of the detentions business, leading to the transfer of the infamous fourteen high-value targets (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, etc.) in September. It's impossible to believe that CIA didn't subject al-Iraqi to immediate interrogation, and also impossible to believe that it would have handed over the detainee to the Defense Department before it felt it had reached the limits of whatever significant intelligence it believed al-Iraqi had possessed. There's bound to be some redundancy in interrogation when he reaches Guantanamo, but it looks more and more like Guantanamo is become a pure detention facility, rather than a locus for ongoing intelligence operations. (At least for any perishable information.)
That's right, Spencer. After the JAG fiasco and Hamdan, the Pentagon is more or less cleaned up when it comes to interrogation: They've revised the Army Field Manual, but it basically prohibits the forms of cruel treatment that Common Article 3 proscribes. We're back where we started in 2002 -- the action is at the CIA. Unclear which of its "enhanced" techniques will survive Hamdan and the MCA.