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9/11 mastermind tortured by the CIA wants to tell senators about Trump's director pick Gina Haspel

09 May 2018 Daily Mail Online

The mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, who was tortured by the CIA after his arrest, wants to share secret information about Donald Trump's pick for CIA director during her time running a black-site prison in Thailand where he was held in 2002.Gina Haspel faces tough questions at Wednesday's confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee over her time running the covert detention site where terror suspects were brutally interrogated in the wake of the terror attacks in New York. The committee will also seek an explanation for why she wanted videos of the sessions destroyed.She has already pledged that she 'will not restart' brutal interrogation program if she is confirmed to lead the agency.Now Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, one of the key masterminds behind the al-Qaida attack on the twin towers, has asked a military judge at Guantánamo Bay for permission to share six paragraphs of information about Haspel with the committee, the New York Times reports.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (pictured), the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, wants to share secret information about Donald Trump's pick for CIA director during her time running a black-site prison in Thailand where he was held in 2002

Gina Haspel (pictured) nominee to be director of the CIA, faces tough questions at Wednesday's confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence CommitteeMohammed was captured in March 2003 and tortured by the CIA, according to an intelligence report. The suspect, who was held in secret prisons in Afghanistan and Poland, was subjected to waterboarding 183 times over 15 sessions, given unnecessary rectal rehydrations, sleep deprived for a week and shackled into painful stress positions.

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He admitted a series of confessions during the torture, including an alleged attempt by terrorists to recruit black Muslims in Montana. The confessions later turned out to be fake, and he retracted them.It is not clear how, or if, Haspel was involved in Mohammed's torture.  Mohammed submitted the motion, Additional Facts, Law and Argument in Support', about Haspel to a military judge, which contains 'six specific paragraphs of information' that the inmate, and his lawyers, believe the panel should know. The motion does not go into detail what information Mohammed has about Haspel.CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said he was not allowed to comment on Haspel's activities while running the secret prison, but added that the agency had submitted a set of classified documents about Trump's nominee 'including her time in C.I.A.'s Counterterrorism Center in the years after 9/11.'  

Mohammed, one of the key masterminds behind the attack on the twin towers (pictured), has asked a military judge at Guantánamo Bay for permission to share six paragraphs of information about Haspel with the committee

Mohammed (pictured in an al-Qaida video) was captured in March 2003 and tortured by the CIA, according to an intelligence reportHaspel appears before the committee panel for the confirmation hearing on Wednesday.But numerous Democratic senators are calling for Trump to declassify more information about her involvement in the controversial torture program.'The American people deserve transparency regarding the background of a nominee who will be asked to represent them, and their values, around the world,' they wrote, adding, Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein, both of California; Ron Wyden of Oregon; and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico wrote in a joint statement.Boyd said the classified documents will be made available to all senators, and that the public would hear from Haspel herself at the hearing.Haspel was in charge of the black-site Thai prison in 2002 when Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of plotting the Al Qaeda's attack on US destroyer Cole in 2000, was waterboarded.The CIA closed the prison later that year and she returned to the Counterterrorism Center outside Washington as a senior operations manager.But Haspel continued to do overseas assignments - and details of her activities at that time is not public. She was also helped destroy videotapes of interrogation sessions in 2005.Senator Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has already stated that the CIA records on Haspel will not be made public.

Gina Haspel is meeting with Senators seeking support for her nomination to run the CIA

Haspel has since vowed not to resurrect the torture programs of the early 2000s. 'I understand that what many people around the country want to know about me are my views on CIA's former detention and interrogation program,' Haspel said in excerpts of her planned speech tomorrow. 'I have views on this issue, and I want to be clear. Having served in that tumultuous time, I can offer you my personal commitment, clearly and without reservation, that under my leadership, CIA will not restart such a detention and interrogation program.'  Haspel's vow to fight any attempt to resurrect the program could put her at odds with Trump, who spoke in the campaign about toughening the U.S. approach to fighting extremists and vowed to authorize waterboarding and a 'hell of a lot worse.'Trump's previous comments – including saying that torture 'absolutely works' – don't make it easier for Senate Democrats to cross the aisle to back a nominee who oversaw waterboarding of terror suspect Abu Zubaydah 83 times.'As far as I'm concerned, we have to fight fire with fire,' Trump said last year in defense of waterboarding.

President Donald Trump pushed back Monday against Haspel's detractors, saying they are opposing her because she was 'too tough on terrorists'

President Donald Trump touted Haspel's nomination on TwitterHaspel, a 61-year-old career undercover spy who is acting CIA director, has been practicing her answers at mock confirmation hearings with former top intelligence officials. Many of them praise her 33-year tenure at the agency in foreign and domestic assignments, and she received glowing endorsements from Republican senators on the eve of the hearing.'I know that some have requested the documents that deal with covert action be made public and declassified,' Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the intelligence committee, said Tuesday. 'That has never happened in the history of the CIA, and it's not going to happen with Gina Haspel's nomination.'A GOP colleague on the committee, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, lamented how Haspel's nomination fueled a 'toxic political environment.' He said Democrats and other opponents have engaged in 'character assassination' before giving her the opportunity to answer questions and defend herself.

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