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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:23 PM
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Poll question: Did Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admit to everything because he was tortured or because Bush had his kids?
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/mariner/20070626.html

Child Hostages

Omar Sheikh was found relatively quickly. And as Bennett assures viewers who watch his video on the State Department's website, after Sheikh's discovery "we let the family go back to their house immediately."

Others held as hostages have not been so lucky. According to overlapping reports, seven-year-old Abed al-Khalid and nine-year-old Yusuf al-Khalid were picked up by Pakistani security forces from an apartment in Karachi in September 2002, during an attempted capture of their father, accused terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The two were held in Pakistan until at least March 2003, when their father was arrested as well.

Then, according to press accounts, they were whisked out of the country by American intelligence officials, their captivity used as leverage to coerce Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to talk. How long they were ultimately held is not known.

Nearly four years later -- years mostly spent in CIA prisons -- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was finally brought before an administrative proceeding whose transcript was made public. He complained about torture, and also about the treatment of his children. "They arrested my kids intentionally," he said. "They are kids. They been arrested for four months they had been abused."

We don't know exactly what Mohammed was told about his children's treatment. According to journalist Ron Suskind, CIA interrogators warned Mohammed that they would harm his children if he didn't cooperate.
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Where does this road lead?

According to former Bush administration advisor John Yoo, the president has the legal power, in some circumstances, to order that children's testicles be crushed in front of their parents. (He did later point out that to do so would be morally wrong.) Yoo was speaking hypothetically, but his unwillingness to admit to any legal constraint on the president's power in fighting terrorism was, ironically, a mirror image of the perspective he purports to abhor.

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Malikshah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:24 PM
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1. And how much was actionable????? Goose egg by reports that came out last year.
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