Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that intelligence gleaned from terrorist detainees at CIA "black sites" was central in identifying the courier who eventually led American forces to the door of Osama bin Laden. As we noted, these are the same "black sites" whose forcible closure was guaranteed by an Executive Order signed by Barack Obama on the second day of his Presidency.
Tonight, the United Kingdom's Telegraph and CNN took the case one giant George W. Bush step farther, naming the Guantanamo Bay detainees who came from "black sites" that caved under interrogation and gave up the courier, Abu Ahmad Al-Kuwaiti.
The most notorious of these "black site" detainees were all moved to Guantanamo on September 4, 2006, a group of the 14 highest intelligence value detainees. Reporting is evolving as new information evolves, but so far it looks like Gitmo and “black sites” were pivotal to breaking these animals into confessing key information. The disclosures from this group would mark the beginning of the end for bin Laden.
The Telegraph reported that "the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, who was interrogated using “torture” techniques, gave the United States the breakthrough that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden."
More from the Telegraph:
"Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), who was repeatedly subjected to methods including “waterboarding” and stress positions, provided the CIA with the name of bin Laden’s personal courier, according to US officials.
"A second source – also an al-Qaeda “leader” held at Guantanamo Bay – then confirmed the courier’s identity, sparking an intense manhunt that resulted in the dramatic final raid.
"Secret documents seen by The Daily Telegraph disclose that this second source – the terrorist operations chief, Abu Faraj al-Libi – played a key role in finding “safe havens” for bin Laden and lived in the military town where he was finally found.
"The killing of the world’s most wanted man as a direct result of information obtained from Guantanamo detainees such as KSM will reignite the debate over whether torture is a legitimate interrogation technique in the "war on terror". Both KSM and al-Libi were subjected to harsh techniques during their interrogations in CIA prisons."
Another detainee assessment also mentioned al Kuwaiti. It was of an Indonesian member of al Qaeda called Riduan Isomuddin, who had spent nearly two years in the 1980s fighting jihad in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also knew Mohammed, according to the assessment, which said that "in November 2001, detainee and his wife left Kandahar for Karachi. They stayed at the Abu Ahmad al Kuwaiti guest house for two weeks."
This isn't Fox News or Rush Limbaugh giving vindication to GITMO and you-don't-have-the-right-to-remain-silent legal treatment of terrorists. It's WIKILEAKS and CNN, and we don't doubt for a second that it is true.
Neither, mind you, does Osama bin Laden.