Friday, December 09, 2005

An Example of the Dubious Value of Coerced Intelligence

In the debate over torture, those who would know often point out that information resulting from coercion is of suspect value. Case in point: In the New York Times today, we read that an Al Qaeda suspect recanted what he said to his interrogators about the terror organization having ties to Iraq:
The officials said the captive, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, provided his most specific and elaborate accounts about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda only after he was secretly handed over to Egypt by the United States in January 2002, in a process known as rendition.
The new disclosure provides the first public evidence that bad intelligence on Iraq may have resulted partly from the administration's heavy reliance on third countries to carry out interrogations of Qaeda members and others detained as part of American counterterrorism efforts. The Bush administration used Mr. Libi's accounts as the basis for its prewar claims, now discredited, that ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda included training in explosives and chemical weapons.


Blogger elendil said...

I hope you don't mind me self-advertising, but I have an entry on my blog covering the history of articles relating to the al-Libi case. There is also another case where the threat of torture was enough for a detainee to fabricate parts of their statement.

9:03 PM, December 09, 2005  

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