On The al-Nashiri Interrogation

Today we post the second installment of Chapter 3, which includes a closer look at the torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

Al-Nashiri, of course, is one of the detainees Attorney General Holder addressed in his recent announcement about the trials of several Guantánamo prisoners. Although Holder announced that at least five will be tried in federal court, Al-Nashiri is among the group who will still be tried before a military commission. A few days ago the New York Times ran an interesting article exploring the controversy surrounding the decision to try some detainees in civilian courts and some in military commissions – a decision that appears to correlate closely to the quality of evidence in the cases.

At Al-Nashiri's Combatant Status Review Hearing in Guantanamo, his Personal Representative told the Tribunal:

The Detainee states that he was tortured into confession and once he made a confession his captors were happy and they stopped torturing him. Also, the Detainee states that he made up stories during the torture in order to get it to stop. The Detainee confessed under torture to the following events:

1. The French Merchant Vessel Limburg incident.

2. The USS COLE bombing.

3. The rockets in Saudi Arabia .

4. The plan to bomb American ships in the gulf.

5. Relationship with people committing bombings in Saudi Arabia .

6. Usama Bin Laden having a nuclear bomb.

7. A plan to hijack a plane and crash it into a ship.

Al-Nashiri himself told the Tribunal, "From the time I was arrested five years ago, they have been torturing me. It happened during interviews. One time they tortured me one way and another time they tortured me in a different way."

One of those ways was the mock execution using a handgun and a drill, which we cover in more detail in today's section.

The remaining three sections of Chapter 3 will be posted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of next week.

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