Binalshibh secret prison interrogation tapes found, names of 6 prisoners in Romania secret facility disclosed

AP reports that the two videotapes and one audiotape of 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in a secret overseas prison are believed to be the only remaining recordings made within the clandestine prison system. The tapes depict Binalshibh’s interrogation sessions at a Moroccan-run facility the CIA used near Rabat in 2002, several current and former U.S. officials told The Associated Press. AP reveals that the counterterrorism programme named ‘Greystone’, authorized the CIA to hold terrorists in secret prisons and shuttle them to other countries

A Justice Department prosecutor who is already investigating whether  destroying the Zubaydah and al-Nashiri tapes was illegal is now also  probing why the Binalshibh tapes were never disclosed. Twice, the  government told a federal judge they did not exist.

The CIA first publicly hinted at the existence of the Binalshibh  tapes in 2007 in a letter to U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in  Virginia. The government twice denied having such tapes, and recanted  once they were discovered. But the government blacked out Binalshibh’s  name from a public copy of the letter.

At the time, the CIA played down the significance,  saying the videos were not taken as part of the CIA’s detention program  and did not show CIA interrogations.

That’s true, but only because of the unusual nature  of the Moroccan prison, which was largely financed by the CIA but run by Moroccans, the former officials said. The CIA could move detainees in  and out, and oversee the interrogations, but officially, Morocco had control. The CIA provided also millons of dollars to upgrade the facility, including by introducing audio and video equipment in the facility.

Current and former U.S. officials say no harsh interrogation methods, like the simulated drowning tactic called waterboarding, were used in Morocco. In the CIA’s secret network of undisclosed “black prisons,” Morocco was just way station of sorts, a place to hold detainees for a few months at a time.

“The tapes record a guy sitting in a room just answering questions,” according to a U.S. official familiar with the program.

That would make them quite different from the 92 interrogation videos of Zubaydah and al-Nashiri being subjected to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics.

He has experienced delusions, believing the CIA was intentionally shaking his bed and cell, according to court records and interviews. He has imagined tingling sensations like things were crawling all over him and developed a nervous tic, obsessively scratching himself.

Nine years after his capture, there is no indication when Binalshibh and other admitted 9/11 terrorists will face military or civilian trials.

Binalshibh and other accused 9/11 conspirators have openly admitted  their roles, praising the attacks. Binalshibh and the others have asked  to plead guilty, a move that would head off any trial and almost  certainly guarantee the videotapes never get played in any court.

Binalshibh timeline:
* 11/09/2002: Captured in Karachi, Pakistan
* Between 12 and 17 september 2002: Detained and interrogated in the Dark Prison in Bagram, Afghanistan
* 17/09/2002: Transported to Rabat, Morocco, through Jordan
* 07/03/2003: Transported to a facility in Poland, where he was interrogated. Other people held there at the time: KSM, Abu Zubayda, Bin Attash, Abu Yasir Al Jaza’iri.
* 06/06/2003: Transported back to Rabat, together with Al Nashiri. At this time the CIA doesn’t see him as a provider of actionable intelligence anymore.
* 23/09/2003: Transported to Guantanamo Bay. Others there at this site during his stay: Abu Zubaydah, Al-Nashiri, Abu Yasir Al Jaza’iri, Gouled Hassan Dourad, Mustafa al-Hawasawi
* 27/03/2004: Transported back to Rabat, ahead of a US Supreme Court ruling that would have allowed the detainees to have access to lawyers. Others held there: Al-Nashiri, Hambali, Al-Hawasawi, Abu Zubaydah, Ammar Al-Baluchi, Gouled Hassan Dourad
* 01/10/2004: Transported to a jail in Bucharest, Romania, which consists of six cells. Other people held there: KSM, Al Nashiri, Hambali, Al-Libi, Bin Attash, Janaat Gul
* 06/09/2006: Named as one of the 14 HVD’s that were sent to Guantanamo.


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