OPEN THREAD: Who is Ali Soufan?

Ali Soufan, FBI agent, testified today at the congressional hearing on the Bush Administration’s detention and interrogation program led by Senator Whitehouse. He testified that he had interrogated Abu Zubaydah and garnered significant information from him before enhanced interrogation and water boarding of him by the CIA began.

From Wikipedia:

The FBI Interrogation of Abu Zubaydah: Pre-CIA

Following Abu Zubaydah’s capture he was interrogated by FBI agents Ali Soufan and Steve Gaudin. The interrogation followed standard FBI protocol and involved cleaning and dressing Abu Zubaydah’s wounds. Ali Soufan stated in a Newsweek article in April, 2009 “We kept him alive… It wasn’t easy, he couldn’t drink, he had a fever. I was holding ice to his lips.”[86] The agents attempted to convince Abu Zubaydah that they knew of his activities in languages he understood; English and Arabic. Both agents believed they were making good progress in gathering intelligence from Abu Zubayda: He disclosed Khalid Sheihkh Muhamed’s alias, “Mukhtar,” as well as other details of the attacks on New York and Washington D.C. Abu Aubzaydah also revealed the identity of Jose Padilla to the FBI agents.

Why the “Who is Ali Soufan?” Because already the right wing pundits are discrediting him as a disgruntled former FBI agent.

19 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD: Who is Ali Soufan?

  1. Why the “Who is Ali Soufan?” Because already the right wing pundits are discrediting him as a disgruntled former FBI agent.

    This is what the right wing does when they can’t refute the argument made against them – they attack the person making the argument. They also know that, most of the time, if they try to win an argument on the merits, they will lose. They know they will lose. So what they try to do is muddy the debate as much as possible and make it so that ordinary citizens just getting around to looking into things will conclude, “Well, no one knows what really happened.” I’ll be looking for Fox News Channel to play a significant part in the smearing of Ali Soufan.

  2. It was that right wing moron Joe something who I heard five minutes after on MSNBC. I wish I could remember his name.

  3. Well, it is clear this person can’t be listened to because he has one of those funny names.

    What? He disagreed with torture? Obviously, he is in cahoots with the terrorists.

    And he was a trained FBI interrogation specialist? Those people are pansies who waste time being nice when a boxful of insects works much more quickly.

    He got information with his techniques and stayed within the law?

    So?

  4. Channeling Republicans and Fox News is an interesting experience. There is a certain frisson that tickles the reptile brain and the gag reflex at the same time.

    Kiddies, don’t do this at home. Your folks will wonder why you have the urge to pour bleach in your ears.

  5. I saw that muse. I for one refuse to use the word “Republican” while they refuse to use “Democratic”. I don’t even care about the socialist crap so much.

  6. Shayne, I don’t know that I would call it fun. Informative, maybe. It’s like the SERE training. I have always tried very hard to understand opposing viewpoints and sometimes ya just gots to wallow in the sty to see if slinging shyte is all they claim it to be.

    I have yet to find that to be the case.

  7. So what they try to do is muddy the debate as much as possible and make it so that ordinary citizens just getting around to looking into things will conclude, “Well, no one knows what really happened.”

    Wayne,
    Jeffrey Toobin just used this specific talking point on CNN in an interview with Rick Sanchez!

  8. nwmuse, I would be proud to call myself a socialist. The Cold War boogiemen are long dead. As far as I can see a socialist is a person who thinks society should take care of its own. And not because they are going to make a profit from it.

    We need to realize that socialism and democracy play very nicely together. Capitalism tends to like fascism.

  9. I don’t think he reads our blog, I just wanted to let you know that you nailed the Rot-winger spin perfectly!

  10. I’m with you med. The best part of the movie “Sicko” is some French person saying something like, “In France the government is afraid of the people but in American the people are afraid of the governement.”

  11. Shayne, I think it is more that the American people are clueless about their government. The average American still thinks they matter and the government is under their control and works for them.

    I think the past few months has been something of a wakeup call.

  12. One hour in an airport bathrom stall with Larry Craig would break any man. Ten seconds with Dick Cheney would make any woman gay.

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