9/11 mastermind says torture made him lie during Gitmo interrogationsJune 17th, 2009 - 1:32 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 17 (ANI): A top Al-Qaeda commander and 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has admitted that he had lied during his interrogation at Guantanamo Bay.
Mohammad said he made up stories to prevent the CIA from torturing him during his detention.
According to the transcripts of military tribunals, released as part of a Freedom of Information legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Mohammad cooked up stories to save himself from ‘water-boarding’, a form of simulated drowning.
“I make up stories,” Mohammad said.
He said that when officials enquired about the whereabouts of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, he named a region only to prevent them from torturing him.
“Where is he? I don’t know. Then, he torture me. Then I said, Yes, he is in this area,” Mohammad recalled in his broken English.
The disclosure clearly highlights the unreliability of statements obtained through torture.
Mohammad also said the CIA had told him that he had no constitutional rights, as he was not on his home-soil, The Telegraph reports.
“This is what I understand he told me: You are not American and you are not on American soil. So you cannot ask about the Constitution,” said ACLU director Jameel Jaffer.
Another Al-Qaida leader, Abu Zubaydah, complained that he was not given medical treatment for his wounds during detention.
“They did not care about my injuries that they inflicted to my eye, to my stomach, to my bladder, and my left thigh and my reproductive organs.Doctors told me that I nearly died four times,” Zubaydah said. (ANI)
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