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Related Newswires Articles on Torture from ABC News

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Newswire Updates from ABC News:

FBI Whistleblower Testimony: Gonzales Imposed Brutal Interrogation Tactics
from ABC News by Mathew Cole

As President Bush’s top lawyer, Alberto Gonzales pressed counterterror officials to use brutal interrogation techniques on terror suspect Abu Zubaydah in 2002, even when those techniques hindered Zubaydah’s cooperation, a former FBI agent who was present is expected to testify Wednesday before Congress.

In the first public testimony of anyone directly involved, former bureau agent Ali Soufan is expected to directly contradict assertions by CIA officials and former Vice President Cheney that the “enhanced interrogation techniques” were successful in prying information out of al Qaeda detainees.

Cheney has said that the CIA interrogation program that began in Thailand in 2002 “saved thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of lives.”

Soufan, a star FBI agent fluent in Arabic and English, met Abu Zubaydah in Thailand, just days after the al Qaeda suspect was captured after a gun battle in Pakistan. Zubaydah was then the most important operative captured after the 9/11 attacks. The U.S. government selected Soufan and another FBI agent, Steve Gaudin, because they were considered experts at getting al Qaeda suspects to crack.

Harsh Interrogation Tactics Revealed in Torture Memos
from ABC News: Home Page

Memos detail use of insects, confinement boxes and waterboards under Bush.

The following YouTube video was produced and presented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Should Jawad Be Free?

This video explains the habeas corpus case of Mohammed Jawad, who has been detained by the U.S. government for 6 years without evidence of any crime. Jawad was a teenager when he first arrived at Guantanamo to face torture.

This video features Hina Shamsi of the ACLU National Security Project. Produced for the ACLU by Joel Engardio.

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