Mohammed Rahim: High-Value Detainee, Low-Value News?

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On Friday, the Pentagon announced that Mohammed Rahim, who had been captured last summer in Pakistan and held in the CIA black hole detention program since then, was transferred to GITMO’s high-value detainee wing. According to reports, Rahim was a high-level al Qaeda operative, part of Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, and personally responsible for bin Laden’s escape from Tora Bora into Pakistan. The announcement confirms that the CIA detention program remains in operation, and adds some context to President Bush’s recent veto of Congress’ ban on the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques. It also suggests, if […]

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