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A Dozen High Value Detainees Will Be Transferred to DOD Custody

This is breaking now. From ABC News:

Sept. 6, 2006 -- ABC News has learned that President Bush will announce that high-value detainees now being held at secret CIA prisons will be transferred to the Department of Defense and granted protections under the 1949 Geneva Conventions. It will be the first time the Administration publicly acknowledges the existence of the prisons.

A source familiar with the president's announcement says it will apply to all prisoners now being held by the CIA, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept.11 attacks, and senior al Qaeda leader Ramzi Binalshibh.

The source says there are "about a dozen" prisoners now being held by the CIA.

Until now, the U.S. government has not officially acknowledged the existence of CIA prisons.

The Bush administration has come under harsh criticism for its handling of detainees captured in the U.S.-led military campaign to root out al Qaeda terror cells abroad.

Many detainees have been given the legal status of "enemy combatant," which includes both lawful enemy combatants and unlawful enemy combatants.

Fox News' Catherine Herridge says that the transfer will take place so that there can be a trial process. She also stated that the intelligence community thinks they've gotten all they can out of these detainees.


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Comments (12)

You mean the Republican apo... (Below threshold)

You mean the Republican apologists on this blog who kept denying there were any secret prisons were just talking out of their *sses again?

Gee, I'm surprised...

Until now, the U.S. government has not officially acknowledged the existence of CIA prisons.

Chalk up another win for the MSM. Caught the lying liars lying again.

Oh what's the fuss -- it's just another lie told to the American people - add it to the long list of lies.

I see the adminstration was also caught in their lie about interrogation techniques - aka torture. Lies, lies, and more lies...

"Chalk up another win for t... (Below threshold)

"Chalk up another win for the MSM. Caught the lying liars lying again" should read:

"Chalk up another win for the MSM. Lying Liars caught others lying."

Also - had it been just about sex, would it have been lying?

BFD, Lee. Call me when the... (Below threshold)

BFD, Lee. Call me when the DOD starts rounding you clowns up and sending you to Gitmo. As far as I'm concerned, if you're an enemy combatant, you deserve whatever happens to you. When they show me video of Khalid Mohammed and Binahshib's brains oozing out of their ears after a session with our boys, then perhaps I'll give a shit.

"Lies, lies and more lies." This from Joe Wilson's apologist. Pot, meet kettle.

That would be <a href="http... (Below threshold)

That would be Kim Priestap, Jay Tea, and others.

I think since it was a secr... (Below threshold)

I think since it was a secret CIA prison and the New York Times hadn't revealed this one yet, how would anyone know?

Oh I see-you two-Lee and... (Below threshold)

Oh I see-you two-Lee and Mantis have more concern for the ENEMY than you do Major Jill Metzger.

Who do you think wil be treated worse if she is in the hands of a Muslim terrorist gang?

BTW what is "*sses"-? I looked for the footnote and all I saw was-

* Posted by Lee.

mantis, I'm honored you rem... (Below threshold)

mantis, I'm honored you remembered that piece, but go back and read it again. It still stands as accurate. I didn't say they didn't exist, just that no credible evidence had surfaced proving it. And my conclusion was clearly labelled as absolutely unfounded, 100% pure speculation. I did the best I could with the facts I had available -- and I'd make the same conclusions again.

I hate to speak for her, especially since she does such an able job of speaking for herself, but Kim's piece you link to was also couched as purely speculative.

Note, though, that the total is being listed as "about a dozen." That is incredibly small potatoes, especially in light of the image of mass roundups and hordes of innocents being "disappeared" by the Bush administration. (Once again, I'm going purely on what's out there for information.)


Oh I know they were specula... (Below threshold)

Oh I know they were speculation, if I was trying to say otherwise I would have been cagey and not linked to them, but I don't do that.

The point is that you are willing to speculate, and quite possibly believe, that the administration is not doing things even they won't explicitly deny. It doesn't seem to matter to you that members of our government who have intimate knowledge of these actions are willing to speak out against them, thus jeopardizing their positions, or that journalists find other evidence supporting their existence, even though members of this administration have encouraged their prosecution for reporting such. Those government employees and journalists are speculated to have fallen for a ruse designed to identify them and their traitorous ways. And when you write things like this,

All speculation, all conjecture, all half a step above fantasy. But it seems to fit the facts as they stand today.

it seems pretty clear you are much more interested in speculation than the facts. Especially considering you are willing to ignore many facts in order to support your speculation. Since you may ask "what facts did I ignore?", I'll point you in the direction of a few.

- Irfan Siddiq's memo detailing the UK government's knowledge of the prisons.

- Human Rights Watch's extensive detailing of prisoners who disappear inexplicably.

- The Swiss intercepted fax detailing the prisoners held at Mihail Kogalniceanu in Romania, as well as in other countries Here's a report in English.

There's more but you get the point. In order for you speculation to be possible, let alone probable, you must assume that members of several European governments as well as our own and quite a few journalists in several countries had all been fooled by forged documents in an elaborate ruse to reveal, umm, Mary McCarthy?

Oh, btw, do you really believe the "about a dozen" being released is all there are? Are you basing that on the "facts", or do you just buy everything this administration says?

This will be interesting to... (Below threshold)

This will be interesting to see the details of what these detainees have said and what they know about past al-Qaeda plans as well as al-Qaeda's sponsors and long term goals (that haven't been released thus far).

Why not publish the interrogation logs of all these guys and the captured HVT's in Iraq?


You mean the Republican ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

You mean the Republican apologists on this blog who kept denying there were any secret prisons

Who would that be? The CIA has always had secret detention centres worldwide...nothing new, has had them since the Cold War. The only new thing is that the Old Grey Bitch decided to spill the beans about them.

Mr. Cloninger is quite corr... (Below threshold)

Mr. Cloninger is quite correct. I don't recall seeing anyone here saying there "were no secret prisons."

It would be pretty silly to say there were or weren't, since they were "secret," and there was no way to prove it until they were no longer secret.

The interrogation logs might be released in thirty or forty years, or if every single individual mentioned in them is captured, killed, or confirmed dead otherwise. Until such time, they should and will remain classified.

This news has left me sad. ... (Below threshold)

This news has left me sad. You see, I would fondly visualize, from time to time, the tattered and bloody remains of these prisoners being shoveled into a cesspool. Now that vision will no longer be meaningful. Please, allow me to mourn.






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