Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Detainee Confirms Suitcase Purchase
My source at Camp X-Ray has confirmed that over the weekend this detainee, newly arrived from Pakistan, has corroborated my intelligence regarding the 132 nuclear suitcases and al-Qaeda's Pandora Plan.
Shortly after arriving on a C-141B Starlifter, the detainee was told in his native Arabic that he was in Cuba and he then began the 45-minute intake process. This prisoner’s process, unlike all of the others, was not monitored by the Red Cross. The routine included a delousing and a brief physical. He was fingerprinted and photographed. He received a light halal, a religiously appropriate meal for a Muslim, and then led to an interrogation room, a freshly built wood building with an air conditioner, no windows.
Three guards accompanied him, one on either side and one behind. One of the guards put a hand behind the head of the detainee, forcing him to look down.
Moments later five “human intelligence collectors” from a unit known as Joint Task Force 170 entered the room. The interviewers came from the ranks of the armed services, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the CIA and the FBI. I was given their names but don't know any of them personally.
The inquisitors had determined their strategy during a huddle prior to entering this particular interrogation. Without physical coercion or drugs, they broke down their subjects' resistance with all the tricks careful interrogators are known to use: They would poke holes in his stories, pretend to already know the answers they sought from him, mislead him about who else had been captured and play good cop-bad cop. This particular detainee would prove to be extremely difficult to break down, this initial interrogation taking a full 17 hours. But at the end of the session, the interviewers emerged from the interrogation room dazed, each with the look of men who had just received a death sentence. He told them that al-Qaeda had purchased a majority of the suitcases. And they're buying more.
Posted by J P Brennan at 2:37 PM