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April 17, 2009

Newly Released DOJ Memos Support Account of Torture of KSM’s Children using Insects

Filed under: Torture and Abuse — kevinfenton @ 2:50 am

A set of memos recently released by the Obama administration provide some support for allegations that the children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) were tortured to reveal their father’s whereabouts. A detainee’s relative said that they had been tortured with insects in 2007, and the newly released memos approve the use of insects as a part of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques.

KSM’s two children were arrested in Pakistan on September 11, 2002, during a raid on an al-Qaeda safe house. However, their father slipped the net and was not captured until early the next year, reportedly on March 1, 2003.

Allegations

The first indications the children may have been tortured were reported in Ron Suskind’s 2006 book The One Percent Doctrine. When KSM was being held at a secret CIA facility in Thailand, apparently the revamped Vietnam War-era base at Udorn, according to Suskind, a message was passed to interrogators: “do whatever’s necessary.”

The interrogators then told KSM “his children would be hurt if he didn’t cooperate.” However, his response was, “so, fine, they’ll join Allah in a better place.”

More detailed allegations were made at a combatant status review tribunal in Guantanamo in the spring of 2007. According to a statement made by Ali Khan, the father of high value detainee Majid Khan, KSM’s children were “denied food and water by … guards.” In addition, “They were mentally tortured by having ants or other creatures put on their legs to scare them and get them to say where their father was hiding.” Accounts of the children’s ages at this time vary, although they are generally said to have been under ten.

Ali Khan said that he was told about the children by his son Mohammed, who was kept in the same detention center and obtained the information from Pakistani guards there. He also claimed that his son Majid was tortured, for example using stress positions, face slaps, hooding and cramped confinement.

Memos

The recently released memos expressly approve the use of insects in an attempt to scare a detainee into talking. For example, a memo by Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee dated August 1, 2002—a few weeks before KSM’s children were captured—approved the use of “insects placed in a confinement box.” However, this memo only deals with the interrogation of training camp facilitator Abu Zubaida.

The memo sets out more detailed rules for the use of the insects. For example, if interrogators place harmless insects in the cell and tell Abu Zubaida they are actually stinging insects, then they are legally bound to tell him “the insects will not have a sting that would produce death or severe pain.”

According to an endnote to another of the memos, drafted by Steven Bradbury of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in May 2005, the technique was never used. “We understand that — for reasons unrelated to any concerns that it might violate the statute — the CIA never used the technique and has removed it from the list of authorized interrogation techniques,” Bradbury wrote.

However, the allegations by Ali and Mohammed Khan call Bradbury’s statement into question.

Possible Link

The use of insects, whether proposed or actual, as a part of the CIA torture program was not well known before the memos’ release. In fact, according to Time magazine today, “The CIA desire to use insects during interrogations has not previously been disclosed, according to two civil liberties experts.”

The link between the August 2002 memo authorising insects and the Khans’ allegations of insect use later that same year or early the next year is troubling. Did the Khans invent the allegations or garble them in some way and then “get lucky” two years later, when it was revealed the CIA was, at least, contemplating the techniques they alleged it used at the time in question? Given that nobody heard of the CIA using insects for another two years, why would they invent these specific allegations, which sounded bizarre when they were made?

The alternative is that the Khans are right and insects were used against KSM’s children. The CIA has never given an account of their detention and interrogation. If they were interrogated, it is unclear what guidelines would have been used. Their whereabouts are currently unknown.

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15 Comments »

  1. [...] One blogger notes, “The first indications the children may have been tortured were reported in Ron Suskind’s 2006 book The One Percent Doctrine.” [...]

    Pingback by Bush memos parallel claim 9/11 mastermind’s children were tortured with insects | SUDBURY NEWS — April 18, 2009 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  2. [...] One blogger notes, “The first indications the children may have been tortured were reported in Ron Suskind’s 2006 book The One Percent Doctrine.” [...]

    Pingback by End Times Blog » Blog Archive » Bush memos parallel claim 9/11 mastermind’s children were tortured with insects — April 18, 2009 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  3. Torturing children. Children under 10 years old.

    Time for the death penalty for whoever pulled that trick.

    Comment by Bob Soper — April 18, 2009 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  4. [...] [...]

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  5. [...] One blogger notes, “The first indications the children may have been tortured were reported in Ron Suskind’s 2006 book The One Percent Doctrine.” [...]

    Pingback by Alleged 9/11 mastermind’s children were tortured with insects | Pallipurath Mohamed Iqbal's Blog — April 19, 2009 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

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    Comment by Thomas — April 19, 2009 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

  7. [...] idea that waterboarding KSM six times a day for a month, as well as torturing his children, would lead to anything other than false confessions is absurd on the face of [...]

    Pingback by CIA Ludicrously Claims Torture Prevented Debunked L.A. Terror Plot « Learn. Act. — April 22, 2009 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

  8. [...] idea that waterboarding KSM six times a day for a month, as well as torturing his children, would lead to anything other than false confessions is absurd on the face of [...]

    Pingback by CIA Ludicrously Claims Torture Prevented Debunked L.A. Terror Plot — KSM waterboarded six times a day for a month! « tobefree — April 23, 2009 @ 7:58 am | Reply

  9. This particularly disturbing and perverted aspect of these monstrous crimes, torturing their victims children, must be publicized so that no one can escape from it. Shout it from the rooftops, and challenge the nazi fanatics and their syncophants to defend it.

    Comment by rob skelley — April 24, 2009 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  10. [...] geschaffen wurde. Die Vorstellung dass sechs Einheiten Waterboarding pro Tag für einen Monat sowie die Folter seiner Kinder zu irgendetwas anderem führen würde als falsche Geständnisse, ist offensichtlich [...]

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  11. [...] of others arrested and have them waterboarded, slam their heads against walls, and expose them and their children to wild insects. Then maybe we can find out what else it is they are hiding from [...]

    Pingback by Notes, Quotes, Hate Speech and Goats « Mantiq al-Tayr — May 10, 2009 @ 9:16 am | Reply

  12. [...] One blogger notes, “The first indications the children may have been tortured were reported in Ron Suskind’s 2006 book The One Percent Doctrine.” [...]

    Pingback by Bush memos parallel claim 9/11 mastermind’s children were tortured with insects « freedetainees.org — August 25, 2009 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  13. [...] One blogger notes, “The first indications the children may have been tortured were reported in Ron Suskind’s 2006 book The One Percent Doctrine.” [...]

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