The Miami Herald is running a story entitled “Alleged 9/11 mastermind: `I make up stories’ “.
In the story, the Herald notes:
Accused al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed complained that interrogators tortured lies out of him…
”I make up stories,” Mohammed said …
In broken English, he described an interrogation in which he was asked the location of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
”Where is he? I don’t know,” Mohammed said. ‘Then he torture me. Then I said, ‘Yes, he is in this area or this is al Qaeda which I don’t know him.’ I said no, they torture me.”
This is not new. It has already been documented that Mohammed confessed to crimes which he could not have committed, and that he said that he gave the interrogators a lot of false information – telling them what he thought they wanted to hear – in an attempt to stop the torture.
The only thing that’s new is that a mainstream American media outlet is covering the story.
Update: The Washington Post has now covered part of this story, as well as the claim that the CIA thought that Abu Zubaida was Al Qaeda’s number 3 man, when he was just a bit player.