Tuesday, June 21, 2005

DoD: Guantanamo Provides Valuable Intelligence Information


There's more at the link but I found this part quite interesting...

Using approved and monitored interrogation approaches, including additional authorities approved by the Department of Defense in December 2002, Kahtani admitted he had been lying. He also admitted:

  • He had been sent to the U.S. by Khalid Sheik Mohamed, the lead architect of the 9/11 attack;
  • That he had met Osama Bin Laden on several occasions;
  • That he had received terrorist training at two al-Qaida camps;
  • That he had been in contact with many senior al-Qaida leaders.

More importantly, he provided valuable intelligence information helping the U.S. to understand the recruitment of terrorist operatives, logistics, and other planning aspects of the 9/11 terrorist attack. He also provided information that:

  • Clarified Jose Padilla’s and Richard Reid’s relationship with al-Qaida and their activities in Afghanistan
  • Provided infiltration routes and methods used by al-Qaida to cross borders undetected
  • Explained how Osama Bin Laden evaded capture by U.S. forces, as well as provided important information on his health
  • Provided detailed information about 30 of Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguards who are also held at Guantanamo