The CIA lied to justify torturing one prisoner after 9/11. 20 years later, his story is still shrouded in secrecy

Calls mount for release of full Senate report on the US torture of Abu Zubaydah to counter a narrative too many Americans still believe – that torture works


VT: Poland enjoys hosting secret prisons as it did during World War II when it was part of Nazi Germany.  It now carries that spirit forward.  Zubaydah was held at the same CIA facility where the Maidan Murderers got their sniper training.  Facilities like this are everywhere…deploying poison gas, biological weapons…kidnapping women and children….like was done with Aafia Siddiqui…imprisoned by the CIA for aiding Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson in destroying the Bush “yellow cake” hoax.

For every prisoner you hear about…50 are buried in mass graves…

Guardian: On the morning of 6 October the nine justices of the US supreme court filed into their wood-paneled courtroom in Washington to hear arguments in a dispute between the US government and Abu Zubaydah, a Guantánamo prisoner who has been held incommunicado and without charge for the past 20 years.

A government lawyer addressed the panel, arguing on grounds of “state secrets” that Zubaydah should be blocked from calling two CIA contractors to testify about the brutal interrogations they put him through at a hidden black site in Poland.

Within minutes of his opening remarks, the lawyer was interrupted by Amy Coney Barrett, one of the rightwing justices appointed to the court by Donald Trump.

Abu Zubaydah.
Abu Zubaydah. Photograph: US Central Command/AP

Barrett wanted to know what the government would do were the contractors to give evidence before a domestic US court about how they had “waterboarded” Zubaydah at least 83 times, beat him against a wall, hung him by his hands from cell bars and entombed him naked in a coffin-sized box for 266 hours. “You know,” she said, “the evidence of how he was treated and his torture.”


Barrett said the word almost nonchalantly, but its significance ricocheted around the courtroom and far beyond. By using the word she had effectively acknowledged that what was done by the CIA to Zubaydah, and to at least 39 other “war on terror” detainees in the wake of 9/11, was a crime under US law.

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