[Ppnews] CIA says used waterboarding on three suspects
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Tue Feb 5 18:57:43 EST 2008
CIA says used waterboarding on three suspects
Tue Feb 5, 2008 4:03pm EST
(Adds Hayden quote, comments by FBI, national intelligence director,
By Randall Mikkelsen
WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The CIA used a widely condemned
interrogation technique known as waterboarding on three suspects
captured after the Sept. 11 attacks, CIA Director Michael Hayden told
Congress on Tuesday.
"Waterboarding has been used on only three detainees," Hayden told
the Senate Intelligence Committee. It was the first time a U.S.
official publicly specified the number of people subjected to
waterboarding and named them.
Critics call waterboarding a form of illegal torture. Congress is
considering banning the technique.
Those subjected to waterboarding were suspected Sept. 11 mastermind
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and senior al Qaeda leaders Abu Zubaydah and
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, Hayden said at the hearing on threats to the
He said waterboarding has not been used in five years.
"The circumstances are different than they were in late 2001, early
2002," Hayden said. "Very critical to those circumstances was the
belief that additional catastrophic attacks against the homeland were
imminent. In addition to that, my agency ... had limited knowledge
about al Qaeda and its workings. Those two realities have changed."
Hayden told reporters later that the interrogations of Mohammed and
Zubaydah were particularly fruitful.
From the time of their capture in 2002 and 2003 until they were
delivered to Guantanamo Bay prison in 2006, the two suspects
accounted for one-fourth of the human intelligence reports on al
Qaeda, Hayden said.
Some analysts have questioned Mohammed's credibility under
interrogation. But Hayden said most of the information was reliable
and helped lead to other al Qaeda suspects.
He told the committee he opposed limiting the CIA to using
interrogation techniques permitted in the U.S. Army Field Manual,
which bans waterboarding. CIA interrogators are better trained, and
the agency works with a narrower range of suspects in its
interrogations, he said.
Hayden said fewer than 100 people had been held in the CIA's
terrorism detention and interrogation program launched after the
Sept. 11 attacks, with fewer than one-third of them subjected to any
harsh interrogation techniques.
But applying the field manual's limitations to the CIA, he said,
"would substantially increase the danger to America."
The CIA is the only U.S. agency that uses harsh interrogation
techniques, National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell told the
hearing. The entire military adheres to the Army Field Manual and FBI
Director Robert Mueller told the hearing his agency does not use
A senior intelligence official said after the hearing that it was
unclear whether the CIA could legally use waterboarding in the
future, given changes in U.S. law. The Bush administration says it
neither uses nor condones torture.
The CIA said in December that it had destroyed videotapes depicting
the interrogations of Zubaydah and Nashiri, prompting a Justice
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