[Ppnews] Guantanamo interrogations ineffectual
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Tue Mar 22 08:43:18 EST 2005
Guantanamo interrogations ineffectual
Tuesday 22 March 2005 1:24 AM GMT
Aggressive interrogation of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay yields
information that is suspect at best, a new FBI document says.
Besides making the admission, an internal FBI email dated 10 May 2004 also
said Pentagon officials had been reminded by the FBI "of its success for
many years in obtaining confessions via non-confrontational interviewing
The document was released on Monday by Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan
Portions that had previously been blacked out were released to Levin after
he and Senator Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut Democrat, asked the Justice
Department to reconsider.
But substantial portions of the document remain blacked out, even in the
newly released version.
Among the newly released passages was the statement that law enforcement
agencies at the Guantanamo concentration camp "were of the opinion that
results obtained from these interrogations were suspect at best".
This memo did not describe the interrogation techniques and did not say
which results were considered suspect.
It added that the Justice Department had made its concerns known to
Pentagon officials, who sometimes were at odds with the FBI over acceptable
methods of interrogation at Guantanamo Bay, particularly in late 2002.
At that time the military was holding what it considered high-value
al-Qaida members and military officials sought permission to use
interrogation techniques that were harsher than allowed under standard
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved the use of some harsher
techniques in December 2002 but rescinded the authority in January 2003
after some inside the military questioned whether they were appropriate.
Rumsfeld then convened a committee that eventually set clearer guidelines.
Another FBI email, also dated 10 May 2004, said that in weekly Justice
Department meetings, officials had often discussed the military's
interrogation techniques and "how they were not effective or producing
intelligence that was reliable".
Both of those 10 May 2004 email messages were originally labelled secret
and were addressed to Thomas Harrington, an FBI counter-terrorism expert
who led a team of investigators to Guantanamo Bay.
The name of the author of the memos was blacked out.
Levin said in a statement on Monday that the newly released information
highlights the fact that Justice Department attorneys had expressed
concerns about the military's interrogation techniques.
"Today we were able to obtain some information that had previously been
blacked out in an FBI document critical of Department of Defence (DOD)
interrogation practices," Levin said.
"As I suspected, the previously withheld information had nothing to do with
protecting intelligence sources or methods, and everything to do with
protecting DOD from embarrassment."
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