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Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-10 11:49 PM
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US Recants Claims on "High-Value" Detainee Abu Zubaydah
Source: Truthout.org

The Justice Department has quietly recanted nearly every major claim the Bush administration had made about "high-value" detainee Abu Zubaydah, a Guantanamo prisoner who at one time was said to have planned the 9/11 attacks and was the No. 2 and 3 person in al-Qaeda.

Additionally, Justice has backed away from claims intelligence officials working in the Clinton administration had also leveled against Zubaydah, specifically, that he was directly involved in the planning of the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa.

Zubaydah's name is redacted throughout a 109-page court document the government filed in US District Court in Washington, DC in response to 213 discovery requests Zubaydah's attorneys made in connection with his habeas corpus case, which sought evidence to support, among other Bush administration claims, that Zubaydah was a top al-Qaeda official and close confidant of Osama Bin Laden.

The discovery motion Zubaydah's attorneys filed has not been cleared for release. The Justice Department asked the judge presiding over the case to deny virtually every discovery request sought by his attorneys, explaining, in some instances, that the government no longer relied upon the explosive allegations the Bush administration made about Zubaydah when he was captured and subsequently tortured.

Read more: http://www.truthout.org/government-quietly-recants-bush...
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-10 11:58 PM
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1. Was hilarious reading that on huffpo yesterday...
in a tragicomic way, of course.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/31/government-wal...

Ack. Just noticed that it was Jason Leopold who wrote that article. Hopefully there's corroboration for anything he says.
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Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-01-10 12:03 AM
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2. Well, the thing stinks like week old fish. Even Leopold can't be too wrong about this one. nt
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-01-10 12:57 AM
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4. Is that a week in business days?
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-01-10 12:14 AM
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3. The end result of a just system doesn't always work out
as we wish, but prefer it over what bush desired.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-01-10 02:21 AM
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6. The torture of this man is what prompted the torture memos. n/t
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-01-10 10:30 AM
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7. How can we sell the concept of war crime charges against
bush and his junta?
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Rage Inc. Donating Member (429 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-01-10 01:54 AM
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5. Fool me once, uh, fool me twice, er.....
...dontcha love The Who???
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