Nobody should, for a fraction of a second, think that this is “new” news and has not been widely known in ‘certain circles’ for some time. Apparently the FBI got into the “torturing muslims” racket, too. I choose my words carefully, since some of the techniques of humiliation and intimidation included shaving their victims’ beards.
Anyhow, this goes some way toward explaining why the FBI never flipped the torture card over, as a way to humiliate the CIA: they were doing it too. In retrospect it’s pretty obvious: the FBI is infested with christian fundamentalists and authoritarian surveillance fetishists – the lure of sadistic happy-time must have been irresistable. As I have mentioned before, [stderr] this is a criminal conspiracy to commit a capital offense under US law (and a serious offense under international law). There is no credible way that this sort of activity could have been kept secret, it had to go all the way up to the level of the smiling goons like James Comey and the less smiling goons like Robert Mueller.
For some reason this story is not getting much air-play in the US media, though The Guardian is on the job: [groaudian]
A convicted “sleeper terrorist” linked to the 9/11 planners has spoken for the first time about his treatment in detention, claiming he was tortured and abused during 13 years of incarceration on American soil.
Three years after his release, Ali al-Marri claims he is innocent and wants his FBI interrogators brought to account.
Al-Marri was arrested after the 2001 attacks and later declared an “enemy combatant” by George W Bush. Held in solitary confinement without charge for six years at a naval brig in South Carolina, he was the only non-US citizen detained outside Guantanamo.
The FBI lost people in their field office next to the World Trade Center, on 9/11. There were probably brutes in the bureau who had some partially-formed thoughts about “paybacks.” Here’s the problem – if Al-Marri actually did – well, what? – they’d have had trouble convicting him on any grounds. They had to struggle to pin conspiracy charges on Zacharias Moussaoui who, you’ll recall, didn’t actually do anything. His notable crime was that he didn’t participate in the attack. Al-Marri’s crime: he had searched for information about poisons and had some stolen credit card numbers and had been looking for information about critical infrastructure. Do you want to bet that neo-nazi gun nuts do searches like that?
I’m personally a bit threatened by this because I use cyanide as a process chemical and I used to buy the stuff in large containers from Fisher Scientific. Do I risk being thrown in a cell and tortured for 11 years because of that? Nonsense.
By the way, the quantity of cyanide you’d need to obtain and introduce into a water supply, to do any damage, would be immense. You want to kill someone with poisoned water: let the Flint, Michigan municipal water provider handle their water.
Al-Marri’s allegations of torture are supported by detention logs which are set to reignite the controversy over the US handling of al-Qaida suspects before the impending appointment as CIA director of Gina Haspel, a woman accused of presiding over “enhanced interrogation techniques”.
This means that there was an entire chain of command that knew that the torture had been committed, and covered it up. This is not a small-time criminal conspiracy, it’s a criminal conspiracy that ought to result in the gutting of an entire branch of the FBI, all the way to the top. Which is exactly what will not happen.
FBI agents said he wanted to poison lakes with cyanide and disrupt the US banking system. They claimed he had visited al-Qaida training camps in Pakistan, and was in contact with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
No, seriously. That’s it?
They’re willing to lock someone away for 11 years without a trial, based on that, and they knew about Paul Manafort and his circle of sleazy friends (including Donald Trump) and needed a nuclear-powered boot on the backside to get them to set Manafort up for a stay in prison, and a quiet stint of probation somewhere while he sets up a book deal.
Wanting to poison lakes with cyanide and disrupt the US banking system is an eminently reasonable desire, but the FBI appears to have forgotten that what constitutes a crime is action not the desire to act. I’d like to punch Donald Trump in that ugly potty-hole of a mouth of his, but I’m not acting on that desire, and no crime is committed until I take some kind of action. Remember: these are the same dipsticks who gave an AR-15 back to a dangerous kid because the kid was not provably planning to do something malicious with that gun.
Do you think for a second that there is no reason why The Guardian has reported on this story but the New York Times and The Washington Post have not? What’s weird is when I see conspiracy nuts like Alex Jones ranting about the “Mainstream media” they are completely wrong, but they’re so wrong they are almost right.