"In the torturous history of the U.S. government’s black sites, the F.B.I. has long been portrayed as acting with a strong moral compass. Its agents, disgusted with the violence they saw at a secret C.I.A. prison in Thailand, walked out, enabling the bureau to later deploy “clean teams” untainted by torture to interrogate the five men accused of conspiring in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But new information that emerged this week in the Sept. 11 case undermines that F.B.I. narrative. The two intelligence agencies secretly arranged for nine F.B.I. agents to temporarily become C.I.A. operatives in the overseas prison network where the spy agency used torture to interrogate its prisoners." Link here.
Comment: This definitely undermines the concept of the "clean team" evidence. Interestingly, at a recent GITMO conference at Penn it was disclosed that the prosecution could have easily proved its case without any confession evidence. The prosecution's political overlords, though, directed it to use the confession evidence in order to prove the point that the confessions were not derived from what was legally "torture." One would think that the point of the prosecution was to secure convictions, not to "prove a point."
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