October 26, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the release of a Kuwaiti man held at Guantanamo Bay and rebuked the United States government for relying on scant evidence, witnesses that were not credible and coerced confessions to hold him for more than seven years.
In an opinion declassified Friday, the judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of Federal District Court here, said government lawyers had presented a “surprisingly bare” record in four days of classified hearings last month to oppose the man’s request for release.
She said that the man, Fouad Al Rabiah, an aviation engineer; was being held almost exclusively based on confessions that were obtained through abusive techniques and that his own interrogators repeatedly concluded were not believable.
“Incredibly, these are the confessions that the government has asked the court to accept as truthful in this case,” Judge Kollar-Kotelly wrote in a 65-page opinion that was partly redacted to remove classified material. She called the coerced confessions “entirely incredible” and said they “defy belief.”
“If there exists a basis for Al Rabiah’s indefinite detention, it most certainly has not been presented to this court,” the judge found.
The following are brief excerpts of the new book by Dr. David Ray Griffin, “Osama bin Laden Dead or Alive?” published by Olive Branch Press. In this book, Griffin’s meticulous analysis supports above all one simple and urgent conclusion: if Osama bin Laden is dead, the US should not be using its troops and treasure to hunt him down.
On October 2, 2008, former CIA operative Robert Baer, interviewed on National Public Radio, expressed his opinion that Osama bin Laden was dead. Later, when the interviewer, Terry Gross, asked Baer about this, he said: “Of course he’s dead.” Elaborating Baer said: “He hasn’t shown up. I’ve taken in the last month a poll of CIA officers who have been on his trail, and what astounded me was not a single one was sure he was alive or dead. In other words, they have no idea. This man disappeared off the side of the earth. That has never happened before in my years in the CIA.”
The following month, on November 10, 2008, the National Terror Alert Response Center said that Osama bin Laden was reportedly planning a new attack on the United States that “will ‘outdo by far’ the attacks of September 11 in 2001.”
The alert was written as if there were no questions about the continued existence of Osama bin Laden. The next day, November 11, 2008, a Washington Post story said:
“President-elect Barrack Obama … intends to renew the US commitment to the hunt for Osama bin Laden … ‘This is our enemy,’ one adviser said of bin Laden, ‘and he should be our principal target.’ … [Obama’s] national security transition teams … have not yet plotted their diplomatic approach to Pakistan, where US intelligence officials believe bin Laden is hiding.”
Much evidence … points to the conclusion that Osama bin Laden is no longer alive.
by Paul Craig Roberts
David Ray Griffin, the nemesis of the collection of disinformation known as the 9/11 Commission Report, has taken up the question of Osama Bin Laden, Dead or Alive?
On the basis of the available evidence, Griffin concludes that bin Laden died in December 2001, most likely of kidney failure. He has been kept alive in the media by US government PSYOPS as a useful bogyman to justify America’s illegal wars of aggression. The messages received from bin Laden since his death appear to be conveniently timed fabrications designed to advance US government purposes.
Osama bin Laden is likely to become a mythical person, like the Georgia Tech student, George P. Burdell, who will be sighted from time to time over a period that exceeds the length of a human life.
It was less than one year ago that Americans were subjected to PSYOPS disinformation from their government concerning the Russia-Georgia conflict over South Ossetia.
Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin incorporated South Ossetia, formerly a part of Russia, into his home province of Georgia. When the Soviet Union broke up, Georgia became independent and retained South Ossetia. Secession movements arose in South Ossetia and in Abkhazia. These secession movements were the reason European members of NATO rejected the US government’s attempt to make Georgia a NATO member in order to extend the US/NATO military presence on Russia’s borders in contravention of previous US government agreements with Russia.