3,408. 2/22/2002

“The DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency] report [of February 22, 2002] questioned the reliability of an allegedly high-value al-Qa’ida prisoner, held in United States custody [whose confessions by torture would be used in building the case for the Iraq invasion and then subsequently discredited]: ‘This is the first report from Ibn al-Shaykh [al-Libi] in which he claims Iraq assisted al-Qa’ida’s CBRN [chemical, biological, radiological & nuclear] efforts. However, he lacks specific details on the Iraqis involved, the CBRN materials associated with the assistance, and the location where training occurred. It is possible he does not know any further details; it is more likely this individual is intentionally misleading the debriefers. Ibn al-Shaykh has been undergoing debriefs for several weeks and may be describing scenarios to the debriefers that he knows will retain their interest. Saddam’s regime is intensely secular and is wary of Islamic revolutionary movements. Moreover, Baghdad is unlikely to provide assistance to a group it cannot control.’ ”

 – Philip Taylor, The War in Iraq, Pages 82-83

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