Tom Joscelyn: The Al Qaeda Civil Liberties Union

November 17, 2009

  Here’s the way Tom Joscelyn’s piece in the Weekly Standard starts out:

“I’ll talk to you guys after I get to New York and see my lawyer.”
That, according to former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, is what September 11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) said when he was captured in March 2003.
But of course the Bush administration did not grant KSM his wish. Instead, the master terrorist was seen as a potentially vital source of intelligence on al Qaeda, which had caught America sleeping less than two years earlier. If U.S. intelligence officials could get him to talk, the Bush administration and the U.S. intelligence community reasoned, then they could learn many of al Qaeda’s well-guarded secrets.

The rest is here. 

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