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CIA Confirms: Waterboarding 9/11 Mastermind Led to Info that Aborted 9/11-Style Attack on Los Angeles


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The Central Intelligence Agency told CNSNews.com today that it stands by the assertion made in a May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that the use of “enhanced techniques” of interrogation on al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) -- including the use of waterboarding -- caused KSM to reveal information that allowed the U.S. government to thwart a planned attack on Los Angeles.

Before he was waterboarded, when KSM was asked about planned attacks on the United States, he ominously told his CIA interrogators, “Soon, you will know.”

According to the previously classified May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that was released by President Barack Obama last week, the thwarted attack -- which KSM called the “Second Wave”-- planned “ ‘to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into’ a building in Los Angeles.”

KSM was the mastermind of the first “hijacked-airliner” attacks on the United States, which struck the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Northern Virginia on Sept. 11, 2001.

After KSM was captured by the United States, he was not initially cooperative with CIA interrogators. Nor was another top al Qaeda leader named Zubaydah. KSM, Zubaydah, and a third terrorist named Nashiri were the only three persons ever subjected to waterboarding by the CIA. (Additional terrorist detainees were subjected to other “enhanced techniques” that included slapping, sleep deprivation, dietary limitations, and temporary confinement to small spaces -- but not to water-boarding.)

This was because the CIA imposed very tight restrictions on the use of waterboarding. “The ‘waterboard,’ which is the most intense of the CIA interrogation techniques, is subject to additional limits,” explained the May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo. “It may be used on a High Value Detainee only if the CIA has ‘credible intelligence that a terrorist attack is imminent’; ‘substantial and credible indicators that the subject has actionable intelligence that can prevent, disrupt or deny this attack’; and ‘[o]ther interrogation methods have failed to elicit this information within the perceived time limit for preventing the attack.’”

The quotations in this part of the Justice memo were taken from an Aug. 2, 2004 letter that CIA Acting General Counsel John A. Rizzo sent to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Before they were subjected to “enhanced techniques” of interrogation that included waterboarding, KSM and Zubaydah were not only uncooperative but also appeared contemptuous of the will of the American people to defend themselves.

“In particular, the CIA believes that it would have been unable to obtain critical information from numerous detainees, including KSM and Abu Zubaydah, without these enhanced techniques,” says the Justice Department memo. “Both KSM and Zubaydah had ‘expressed their belief that the general US population was ‘weak,’ lacked resilience, and would be unable to ‘do what was necessary’ to prevent the terrorists from succeeding in their goals.’ Indeed, before the CIA used enhanced techniques in its interrogation of KSM, KSM resisted giving any answers to questions about future attacks, simply noting, ‘Soon you will know.’”

After he was subjected to the “waterboard” technique, KSM became cooperative, providing intelligence that led to the capture of key al Qaeda allies and, eventually, the closing down of an East Asian terrorist cell that had been tasked with carrying out the 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles.

The May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that details what happened in this regard was written by then-Principal Deputy Attorney General Steven G. Bradbury to John A. Rizzo, the senior deputy general counsel for the CIA.

“You have informed us that the interrogation of KSM—once enhanced techniques were employed—led to the discovery of a KSM plot, the ‘Second Wave,’ ‘to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into’ a building in Los Angeles,” says the memo.

“You have informed us that information obtained from KSM also led to the capture of Riduan bin Isomuddin, better known as Hambali, and the discover of the Guraba Cell, a 17-member Jemaah Islamiyah cell tasked with executing the ‘Second Wave,’” reads the memo. “More specifically, we understand that KSM admitted that he had [redaction] large sum of money to an al Qaeda associate [redaction] … Khan subsequently identified the associate (Zubair), who was then captured. Zubair, in turn, provided information that led to the arrest of Hambali. The information acquired from these captures allowed CIA interrogators to pose more specific questions to KSM, which led the CIA to Hambali’s brother, al Hadi. Using information obtained from multiple sources, al-Hadi was captured, and he subsequently identified the Garuba cell. With the aid of this additional information, interrogations of Hambali confirmed much of what was learned from KSM.”

A CIA spokesman confirmed to CNSNews.com today that the CIA stands by the factual assertions made here.

In the memo itself, the Justice Department’s Bradbury told the CIA’s Rossi: “Your office has informed us that the CIA believes that ‘the intelligence acquired from these interrogations has been a key reason why al Qa’ida has failed to launch a spectacular attack in the West since 11 September 2001.”


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  • LMAO Gave the dirty muji a bath and it broke him? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Imagine what threatnening to use deoderant could've done for the interrogators. lol

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  • Put their nuts in a vice if it makes them squeal, I don't care HOW it gets done!

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  • I wonder what the WTC jumpers would have said about it.

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    • I think they would be having second thought as they were plummeting toward the sidewalk -but not until then.

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  • well if it works...dont fix it

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  • Well, it doesn't matter now. Every terrorist asshole in the world knows if they get caught by American forces the worst that is going to happen is cake and icecream.

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  • Lucky break for the ragheads. We've got the pussy lemmings in charge over here; so the next city they plan to take out is probably going down.

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  • Sounds like good news to me.

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  • a letter in my local paper today . someone was saying if obamas wife or kids where kidnapped he would soon change his tune

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  • you're a strange little troll arent you?

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  • I dont care if they stapled his nuts to a chair. This is someone i could give a fuck less what they do too. Not one bit of empathy.

    And anyone that thinks its going to stop cause obama is saying it will... Instead of Mohamad being caught and brought to cuba and tortured itll just be Mohamad is dead then hell secretly go some where hell never return from... Dont fool your selves. Thats what the CIA was made for.

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  • they were chopping heads clean off for christ sake

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  • Before he was waterboarded, when KSM was asked about planned attacks on the United States, he ominously told his CIA interrogators, %u201CSoon, you will know.%u201D

    The CIA Interrogator replied, "Funny you should say that..."

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  • That smug-ass soon you will know probably came with a big smirky smile too.
    "Soon will know"="Please start pulling out my toe-nails now!".
    To all nay-sayers here,I have a question for you.
    How far would you go to stop it,if someone told you that your children will soon die?
    I don't think a "pretty please tell me" would get the job done.
    I really would like to hear what measure you would take to protect your family. Thanks for any response.

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  • damm now i am against interogations all together.

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  • "He doesn't wanna leave because he doesn't wanna giveup his crazy check, welfare check, A/C & satellite tv".

    You're way off dip-shit. That kind of shit-talking could get you hurt in my circle...grow a f**cking brain.

    Get ready you dumbed down fiends...there's a new boss in town and he's going to roll us all.

    This story is BullShit. Plain and simple.

    Bush should get rolled for this and so should Cheney.

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    • Another genius riding Cheney's jock, you are. You know, those fuking vice presidents are just so out of control with their policy making aren't they. Just horrible. Cheney's lasting legacy will be of shooting someone with bird shot in a field in Texas. He had nothing to do with setting policy. VPs are along for the ride. Get out your history 101 textbook.

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    • "You're way off dip-shit. That kind of shit-talking could get you hurt in my circle...grow a f**cking brain." ...Great another internet tough guy!

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    • yes.. (according to the avatar) dark glasses and smoking are a sign of great intellectual capacity and anatural born tenacity don't you know.... the devices have nothing to do with suckling mommy's tit and base insecurity... none whatsoever...

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    • lol Nicely put!

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    • Well that about made my mind up to change aviators.

      Jesus if you freaks could figure out who that really is I'd be F**cked.

      So I take it you guys don't read much? Maybe you guys should get to bed soon...drink your flouride and take your ritalin and dream sweet dreams of S&M Nazi torture.

      It's a big world boys.

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  • Maybe I should let everbody in on little secret...I'm a member of one of those evil "third party" people you've been hearing about latly...I don't buy this bullshit! Read people read

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  • "You know, those fuking vice presidents are just so out of control with their policy making aren't they".

    Great F**cking point man. Hell maybe you're on to something here?

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  • "You are a stupid, horribly moronic fool of a man. Of course you have the CIA debrief file sitting on your lap while you type out belligerent and non-sensical drivel, correct"?

    Go on "Youtube" and look up a Beck's song called "Mutherfucker"

    Respond after you hear it.

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  • You guys working overtime?

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    • Why dont you take your own advice and leave this "empire", since you obviously hate your own country.

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    • He doesn't wanna leave because he doesn't wanna giveup his crazy check, welfare check, A/C & satellite tv.

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    • exactly!

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    • I'm from Texas so our "Empire" might just say F**ck You to yours. Big talk down here boys...you might just want to move.

      There's still room in Crawford...just stay the f**ck up there..OK.

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    • You are a stupid, horribly moronic fool of a man. Of course you have the CIA debrief file sitting on your lap while you type out belligerent and non-sensical drivel, correct?

      For the love of God, just pack your shit and leave the country. I mean "empire."

      Asshole.

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  • I can't buy this Bullshit...nor should you. You sound like dumb cattle or Nazi panty warriors...my America doesn't torture anybody...hey maybe you guys should move to F**cking Russia and live up your big brother wetdreams and leave me out of your madness.

    Please make some room here...it's getting crowded.

    Twelve Mexicans just crossed the border while you read this.

    This story has been proven to be a lie...wake up America.

    We are the terrorist and the Empire is coming home.

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