A Guantanamo detainee under the US government’s brutal interrogation program after the 9/11 attacks This was first described openly this Thursday (28), he said he was frightened and deluded by the methods the CIA had tried to keep secret for so long.
Majid Khan, a resident of the Baltimore suburbs of the United States, became an al-Qaeda ambassador. In court, where he is being tried for war crimes, he said he was subjected to days of painful abuse at secret CIA facilities as his investigators tried to extract information from him.
This is the first time that so-called “high-value prisoners” on the U.S. base in Cuba have been able to testify to what the United States calls a “high-profile investigation,” but it was widely regarded as torture.
Khan talked about being suspended from the roof rafter for a long time, soaking him again and again in ice water to keep him awake for several days. He described dipping his head in water to the point of almost drowning and then pouring water into his nose and mouth to interrogate him. He was beaten, given compulsory enemas, sexually abused and told he was starving in prisons abroad, the locations of which were not released.
“I begged them to stop and I swore they knew nothing,” he said. “If I had the information to give, I would have given, but I have nothing.”
Khan read out a 39-page report during an investigation into a U.S. base in Cuba.
A military team could sentence Khan to 25 to 40 years in prison, but he will be rarely detained because of his extensive cooperation with US authorities.
Guantanamo Bay prison on the island of Cuba – Photo: AB
Under a court order not notified to the jury, the jury will reduce Khan’s sentence to no more than 11 years. That is, he should be released early next year and resettled in a still unknown third country because he cannot return to Pakistan where he is a resident.
Part of Khan’s treatment has already been described in a 2014 Senate investigative report, which accuses the CIA of inflicting pain and suffering on al – Qaeda detainees beyond its legal limits, and of deceiving Americans with details of useful investigations that have not been proven by their own records.
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Khan accepted this assessment. “The more I cooperated and told them, the more I was tortured,” he said.
He spent about three years in secret CIA prisons before being taken to Guantanamo Bay in September 2006. He said he had never seen the light in these secret places and had not been in contact with anyone other than the guards and investigators since his arrest. Sixth year at the Basic Prevention Center in Cuba.
Khan, 41, admitted he was an al-Qaeda ambassador and was involved in planning a number of actions that had not yet been carried out. He pleaded guilty in February 2012 to a number of crimes, including conspiracy, murder and aiding and abetting terrorism / 11 attacks.
Khan, a Pakistani citizen born in Saudi Arabia, emigrated to the United States with his family in the 1990s, where they were granted asylum. He graduated from high school in the suburbs of Baltimore and worked as a technician in the office on September 11, 2001 in the Washington area, where he could see smoke coming out of the Pentagon.
He says he returned to radical ideology after his mother’s death earlier that year, whom he described as the most important person in his life.
Khan apologized for his actions and said he accepted full responsibility. He said he now wants to reconnect with his wife and daughter, who was born while in prison. He said he had pardoned those who had imprisoned and tortured him.
January 19, 2012 Photo, Two Guantanamo prisoners chained to the ground during a recreational break in Block A of the sixth prison in Cuba – Photo: Jim Watson / AFP
“I also tried to make up for the bad things I did,” he said. “That’s why I pleaded guilty and cooperated with the US government.”
Khan was the first of the “high value” prisoners to go through the trial, convicted and convicted in the military courts in the foothills.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the five people charged in the September 11 attacks, called himself the architect of the operation. The case is still under investigation and will not begin until next year, the judge said.
The United States has detained 39 people in Guantanamo Bay.
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