'Guantanamo detainees tortured to confess'

Abdul Rahim Al Nashiri, a Saudi man whom the U.S. held five years at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, revealed that he was subject to torture by U.S. interrogators to force him confess a role in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.

'Guantanamo detainees tortured to confess'

AbdulRahim Al Nashiri, a Saudi man whom the U.S. held five years at Guantanamo Bay,Cuba, revealed that he was subject to torture by U.S. interrogators to forcehim confess a role in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.

Speaking at military tribunal held at Guantanamo to determine his status asan "enemy combatant" on 14 March, Al Nashiri, who was accused by theU.S. of being Al Qaeda member and responsible for operations in the PersianGulf at the time and hired by Osama bin Laden to carry out the attack in Yementhat led to the death of 17 U.S. sailors and nearly sunk the warship, said:

"From the time I was arrested five years ago, they have been torturingme," the transcript of his hearing read.

"It happened during interviews. One time they tortured me one way, andanother time they tortured me in a different way.

The man, who was tried in absentia in a Yemeni court in 2004 and sentencedto death, told the tribunal that he was tortured during interrogations whichforced him to tell fake stories to escape the inhuman treatment he received, according to Pentagon transcript from the closed-door hearing.

He was among 14 men the U.S.labels as "high-value" detainees, who were held at CIA-run facilitiesbefore being moved to Guantanamo Bay in September.

Al Nashiri "confessed" to playing a key role in the bombing of theUSS Cole, and claimed that he met Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden who gave hima significant amounts of money.

"I just said those things to make the people happy," thetranscript read.

"They were very happy when I told them those things."

The U.S.claims it obtained information that Al Nashiri is the "mastermind" of theOctober 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole.

Revelations by Al Nashiri, who said that his confession was extractedthrough torture, follows the alleged confession of another "terror suspect",Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of having played a role in September 11 attacks.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's so-called confession that he's responsible fordozens of terrorist plots and attacks carried out during the range of 15 yearsin five different continents has been used by the mainstream media to divertthe attention of the American public, angry over its President's failingpolicies, from the quagmire in Iraq.

The Western media used Mohammed's alleged confession in a newpropaganda campaign, focusing on the most sensational aspects of histestimony—in which he said he was responsible for the 1993 World Trade Centerbombing, the 2002 Bali bombing and the killing of Wall Street Journal reporterDaniel Pearl, as well as 9/11.

The "combatant status review tribunals" is a judicial sham, where what theBush administration labels "terror suspect" are represented by governmentofficials, not lawyers, and reporters are barred from attending the hearings,in another attempt to hide information the government fears could be "damaging"to its reputation.

Barring reporters, according to Pentagon and the Bush administration orders,is aimed at hiding the tarnishing truth of Guantanamo and scandals inside the U.S.-rundetention facilities.

 

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