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Profile: Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi


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Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi actively participated in the following events:


November 11, 2001      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Pakistani forces capture Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a Libyan national. [Washington Post, 6/27/2004]
People and organizations involved: Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi

January 2002 and after      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Pakistan turns Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a Libyan national, over to US authorities. Libi is believed to have run the Khaldan paramilitary camp in Afghanistan for al-Qaeda. Interrogations start and a debate soon erupts with regard to which methods can be employed. The CIA advocates threatening him with his life and that of his family. [Washington Post, 6/27/2004] The CIA's actions are, according to Newsweek, facilitated by a February 2002 secret presidential order “authorizing the CIA to establish secret detention facilities outside the US and to use extra harsh interrogation methods” (see After February 7, 2002). [Newsweek, 5/24/2004] Some time after his handover to the US, Al-Libi is rendered to Egypt. According to an ex-FBI official, the CIA “duct-taped his mouth, cinched him up and sent him to Cairo. At the airport the CIA case officer goes up to him and says, ‘You're going to Cairo, you know. Before you get there I'm going to find your mother and I'm going to f_ck her.’ ” [Newsweek, 6/21/2004] Al-Libi is said to provide the US with valuable intelligence including information about an alleged plot to blow up the US Embassy in Yemen with a truck bomb and the location of Abu Zubaida, who will be captured in March 2002 (see March 28, 2002). However, he will also provide false information (see February 14, 2004) that will end up in major speeches by both President Bush (see October 7, 2002) and Secretary of State Colin Powell (see 10:30 a.m. February 5, 2003). The FBI has thus far taken the lead in interrogations of terrorist suspects, because its agents are the ones with most experience. The CIA's success with Al-Libi contributes to the shift of interrogations from the bureau to the CIA. [Washington Post, 6/27/2004] Such methods as making death threats, advocated by the CIA, are opposed by the FBI, which is used to limiting its questioning techniques so the results from interrogations can be used in court. [Washington Post, 6/27/2004] “We don't believe in coercion,” a senior FBI official says. [The Guardian, 9/13/2004]
People and organizations involved: Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi

Early January 2003      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       The CIA issues an updated version of its September 2002 classified internal report (see September 2002) which stated that according to “sources of varying reliability,” Iraq had provided “training in poisons and gases” to al-Qaeda operatives. The allegation in that report was based on information provided by a captured Libyan national by the name of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi. In this new updated version of the report, the CIA adds that “the detainee [al-Libi] was not in a position to know if any training had taken place.” It is not known whether this report is seen by White House officials. [Newsweek, 11/10/2005]
People and organizations involved: Central Intelligence Agency, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi

February 14, 2004      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       The CIA sends a memo to top Bush administration officials informing them that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, an al-Qaeda operative being held in custody by the CIA, recanted his claim in January that Iraq provided training in poisons and gases to members of al-Qaeda (see September 2002). [Washington Post, 11/6/2005, pp A22; The New York Times, 7/31/2004; Newsweek, 7/5/2005] The claim has already been used in speeches by both President George Bush (see October 7, 2002) and Secretary of State Colin Powell (see 10:30 a.m. February 5, 2003).
People and organizations involved: George W. Bush, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, Colin Powell

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