Pentagon Official Says 9/11 Suspect Was Tortured

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Pentagon official acknowledges that a Saudi
man who allegedly had hoped to become the "20th hijacker" in the
Sept. 11 attacks was tortured.
Mohammed al-Qahtani was one of six men charged by the military
in February 2008 with murder and war crimes for their alleged roles
in the 2001 attacks.
Charges were dismissed in May.
In 2006, al-Qahtani recanted a confession and wrote that he'd
been beaten, restrained for long periods in uncomfortable
positions, threatened with dogs, exposed to loud music and freezing
temperatures and stripped nude in front of female personnel.
Susan J. Crawford tells the Washington Post al-Qahtani's
treatment "met the legal definition of torture." She says that's
why she didn't refer the case for prosecution.
Crawford is a retired judge who was appointed convening
authority of military commissions in February 2007.


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  • by HOORAY on Jan 15, 2009 at 11:09 PM
    Hey Lynne, I am someone who has and still is serving this country. I have made the sacrifices of my everyday life and have lived in harmes way for many years so you hippies have the oppurtunity to sit behind your safe computer and run your yap about the things neccessary to secure this countrys safety. So instead of telling me to go to Iraq, how about you find a better way to spend your time such as burning your bra, fingerpainting, ty dying a shirt or whatever you naive LIBERALS do.
  • by Active military Location: Ky on Jan 15, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    Lynne,you have no idea what you're talking about...when we talk about 'torture',if you liberals want to call it that,we are talking about trying to get information to protect this country and YOUR rights.These terrorist torture for their screwed up religion,for the fun of it.They enjoy it!They kill our soldiers because of the way we live. We never started this war,they came on American soil,killed thousands of our citizens,and destroyed countless lives.Would you rather have us tuck tail and hide? Never! We will continue to do what is necessary to keep the USA the greatest land in the world,just so people like you and Terri have the right to run your mouths.If we go to these other countries,it's to kick [edited],and try to come back home where it's somewhat safe to our families.Hayln,cutting off the heads of soldiers,dragging them through the streets,setting them on fire on live TV for their family to watch,and you want to talk unconsitutional? Get your head where it belongs.
  • by K Location: FLOYD on Jan 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    So what, I dont care, they have no rights, let them burn.
  • by Big Daddy Location: Lex on Jan 15, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    Torture is unconstitutional? What librel school were you taught in Halyn? There is NOTHING in the Constitution regarding that. Only an idiot would even think foriegners have any rights under our Constitution.
  • by Lynne Location: Lexington on Jan 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM
    "And for Terri you obviously have never experienced the pain of losing a loved one at the hands of someone else." I have, Mr. Anonymous. My sister was hit from behind while walking and left to die by a drunk idiot in the middle of the winter years ago. Yes, it hurt but no, I didn't want him tortured because this country should never sink to the level of third world countries! We have a justice system in place and if YOU don't like it, then perhaps YOU should find another place to live! Head on over to Afghanistan, Irag, etc. and join the jihadists...then you, too, can torture and hate and go against everything our country has the intelligence and class to stand for. Just because they don't follow our consitution doesn't mean we should abandon it, too.
  • by Jay Location: KY on Jan 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    Why should OUR constitutional rights be given to any terrorists? They are not American citizens, they should not be treated as such. So, in my opinion, they have no rights and it is not unconstitutional to torture them. Think of what the families of 9/11 went through, the victims themselves..what do you want to do, Halyn, give them a time-out and have them sit in a corner and promise not to do it again..Maybe in your screwed-up perspective that may work, but the rest of us don't live in Never-Neverland, and any act of terrorism deserves retribution, in whatever form it takes to make a point!!
  • by JEROME Location: FRANKFORT on Jan 15, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    HALYN UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE TERRORIST HAVE NO CONSTITUTION OR RIGHTS IN MY BOOK. I SAY KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. IF THEY DON'T LIKE BEING TORTURED IT IS SIMPLE DON'T BE A TERRORIST.
  • by ssminnow Location: Richmond on Jan 15, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    Cry me a freakin river! Hello, folks! This is a terrorist we are talking about. I don't care what they did to him. He's still alive. Obviously they didn't do enough. Why do some people feel we have to always be "politically correct"? Would this terrorist care about our soldiers feelings and the fact they were uncomfortable? Heck no! Blow them all to smithereens! These men are crazed loonies who would kill their own mother for their "cause". The less of these nuts we have in the world, the better it will be. Don't care for my opinion? Maybe you should head on over to Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. and join the jihadists. Just don't expect any mercy from our forces.
  • by TortureEmAll on Jan 15, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    The cold blooded murder of thousands of Americans is also unconstitutional. It's unconstitutional to be one second living your life and the next being disintegrated until there isn't even a morsel left to bury. This guy doesn't follow our constitution. He just wants his 75 virgins.
  • by Chris Location: Avon on Jan 15, 2009 at 06:11 AM
    "Torture is unconstitutional." lol,lol,lol,lol,lol!!!!!!!!!!!!

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