Saturday, April 28, 2007
Transferred from black site to Guantánamo
Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi is the first terrorism suspect known to have been held in secret C.I.A. jails since President Bush announced the transfer of 14 captives to Guantánamo Bay last September.
Intelligence officials said that under questioning Mr. Iraqi had provided valuable intelligence about Qaeda hierarchy and operations. It appears he gave up this information after being subjected to standard interrogation methods approved for the Defense Department — not harsher methods that the C.I.A. is awaiting approval to use.
In 2005, Ayman al-Zawahri, Al Qaeda’s second in command, wrote a letter to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, then the top Al Qaeda operative in Iraq, urging him to refrain from killing Shiites. But since then, terrorist experts have said that they see Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia as largely independent of the organization hub in Pakistan. here
An intelligence official would not say whether other people have been held since al-Iraqi was handed over to the agency earlier this year. here
Monday, April 02, 2007
No jurisdiction over Aero Contractors
The state attorney general's office says it does not have the jurisdiction to investigate whether a North Carolina company helped the C-I-A take terrorism suspects to countries where they may have been tortured.
Twenty state lawmakers had asked Attorney General Roy Cooper and the SBI to investigate Aero Contractors. But J-B Kelly, Cooper's general counsel, says the F-B-I is the best agency to investigate.
Media outlets have reported that Aero Contractors has close ties with the C-I-A. Company officials have said they do work for the government but have declined to discuss any details.
The company, which provides planes and pilots for charter flights, has leased about eight acres from the Johnston County Airport since 1979. here
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