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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 7, 2006 NATION/WORLD
Bush admits to secret prisons NEWS IN BRIEF


Bush: Tough
interrogation was
used to get terrorists
to reveal plots
President Bush acknowledged
yesterday for the first time that
the CIA runs secret prisons over-
seas and said tough interrogation
forced terrorist leaders to reveal
plots to attack the United States
and its allies.
Bushsaid14suspects - includ-
ing the mastermind of the Sept. 11
attacks and architects of the 2000
bombing of the USS Cole and the
U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya
and Tanzania - had been turned
over to the Defense Department
and moved to the U.S. detention
center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
for trial.
Bush said the CIA program
"has helped us to take potential
mass murderers off the streets
before they were able to kill."
Releasing information declassi-
fied just hours earlier, Bush said
the capture of one terrorist just
months after the Sept. 11 attacks
had led to the capture of anoth-
er and then another, and had
revealed planning for attacks
using airplanes, car bombs and
Nearing the fifth anniversary
of Sept. 11, Bush pressed Con-
gress to quickly pass admin-
istration-drafted legislation
authorizing the use of military
commissions for trials of terror
suspects. Legislation is needed
because the Supreme Court in
June said the administration's
plan for trying detainees in mili-
tary tribunals violated U.S. and
international law.
"These are dangerous men
with unparalleled knowledge
about terrorist networks and their
plans for new attacks,' Bush
said, defending the CIA program
he authorized after the Sept. 11
attacks. "The security of our
nation and the lives of our citizens
depend on our ability to learn
what these terrorists know."
The president's speech, his
third in a recent series about
the war on terror, gave him an
opportunity to shore up his
administration's credentials on
national security two months
before congressional elections
at a time when Americans are
growing weary of the war in

Democrats,hoping tomakethe
elections a referendum on Bush's
policies in Iraq and the war on
terror, urged anew that Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld be
made to step down.
With the transfer of the 14
men to Guantanamo, there cur-
rently are no detainees being
held by the CIA, Bush said. A
senior administration official
said the CIA had detained fewer
than 100 suspected terrorists in
the history of the program.
Still, Bush said that "having
a CIA program for question-
ing terrorists will continue to
be crucial to getting lifesaving
Some Democrats and human
rights groups have said the CIA's
secret prison system did not allow
monitoring for abuses and they
hoped that it would be shut down.
The president declined to dis-
close the location or details of
the detainees' confinement, or
the interrogation techniques. President Bushc
"I cannot describe the specific Room of the Wh
methods used - I think you
understand why," Bush said in Sheikh Mohamm
the East Room where families Sept. 11 masterm
of some of those who died in the Ramzi Binalshib
Sept. 11 attacks gathered to hear would-be 9/11 hij
his speech. Zubaydah, whoA
"If I did, it would help the ter- be a link betwe
rorists learn how to resist ques- Laden and many
tioning, and to keep information "Were it not fo
from us that we need to prevent our intelligence
new attacks on our country. But believes that al-
I can say the procedures were allies would have
tough, and they were safe, and launching another
lawful and nec-_
essary". . "The security of
Bush insisted
that the detain- our nation and
ees were not
tortured. the lives of our
"I want to be
absolutely clear citizens depend
with our people,
and the world: on our ability to
The United learn what these
States does
not torture," terrorists know"
Bush said.
"It's against
our laws, and - President Bush
it's against our
values. I have
not authorized it, and I will not sense of docum
authorize it." voice recordingsa
Bush said the information the meaning of te]
from terrorists in CIA custody nications, al-Qaidz
has played a role in the capture and hiding places,
or questioning of nearly every The adminis
senior al-Qaida member or asso- refused until nos
ciate detained by the U.S. and its edge the existenc
allies since the program began. ons. Bush said
He said they include Khalid public because

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Former Ill. gov sentenced to 6 1/2 years
Former Gov. George Ryan, who was acclaimed by capital punishment foes
for suspending executions in Illinois and emptying out death row, was sen-
tenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years behind bars in the corruption scandal that
ruined his political career.
"When they elected me as the governor of this state, they expected better,
and I let 'em down and for that I apologize," the 72-year-old Republican said in
court before hearing his sentence.
Federal prosecutors had asked for eight to 10 years in prison. Defense attor-
neys argued that even 2 1/2 years would deprive Ryan of the last healthy years
of his life.
"Government leaders have an obligation to stand as the example. Mr[
Ryan failed to meet that standard," U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pall-
meyer said.

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the United pose

Top Iraqi al-Qaida leader was arrested mJune
The U.S. military said yesterday the arrest of al-Qaida in Iraq's second
in command took place in June and was the most significant blow to the
terror network since the death of al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-
AP PHOTO Violence continued around the country, with at least 28 people dying ini
n terrorism in the East shootings and bombings that also wounded at least 53. -
gton yesterday. Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell said Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, alsd
known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, was captured on June 19.
es has largely completed "As with most terrorists that are picked up, they are not initially announced
stioning the suspects, and as being captured because of the intelligence value that is normally gained
because the CIA program from somebody not knowing that they are in fact in Iraqi government con-
been jeopardized by the tro," Caldwell said. "There are other people in captivity right now who are not
reme Court ruling. announced."
ush also laid out his pro-
al for how trials for detainees JERUSALEM
uld be conducted, a plan he
ensures fairness. Israel to lift Lebanese air and sea blockade
is proposed legislation was Israel said it would lift its stifling air and sea blockade of Lebanon today, marking
ed by some Senate lead- a crucial breakthrough in international efforts to rebuild from the war between Israel'
but other lawmakers said it and Hezbollah guerrillas.
ild curtails certain rights of The move, announced yesterday by the prime minister's office, will be the first
or suspects. major test for the U.N. force charged with keeping the peace and preventing arms-
It's important to remember shipments from reaching Hezbollah.
e defendants are not common It was also a victory for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has repeated-
ninals," said Senate Majority ly demanded that Israel end the blockade, and showed some disagreements can be
ip Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.) resolved with U.N. mediation. Israel is slowly pulling its troops out of southern Leba
ther, many are terrorists, non as international peacekeepers arrive.
rn enemies of the United However, a deal on the thorniest issue - the returnof two Israeli soldiers whose July
es who would gladly use any 12 capture sparked the fighting - will be far more difficult to broker, since Israel has
rmation to harm us, and any demanded their unconditional release but Hezbollah has insisted on a prisoner swap.
ortunity to strike us again." CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
owever, Rep. Ike Skelton of
souri, senior Democrat on Launch of shuttle Atlantis postponed again
House Armed Services Com-
ee, said Congress was being An electrical problem forced NASA to postpone yesterday liftoff of the
hed to make a hasty decision space shuttle Atlantis yet again, and engineers faced with a tight launch sched-
he plan for special military ule struggled to understand the problem.
s. Skelton questioned wheth- About 11 hours before the scheduled midday launch, engineers discovered
ush's approach would meet that a coolant pump that chills one of the shuttle's three electricity-generating
requirements laid out by the fuel cells was giving an erratic reading. NASA rules say all three fuel cells
reme Court. must be working to launch, and if one fails in orbit, the shuttle must come home
he proposal is likely to promptly.
mpt a showdown on the Sen- NASA officials met for hours during the afternoon to figure out whether
floor among Republicans. they could fix the problem, whether they could safely ignore it, or whether they
P moderates John Warner, would have to put the flight on hold for perhaps weeks.
n McCain and Lindsey Gra- - Compiledfrom Daily wire reports
have drafted a rival pro-
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- A new Army manual
bans torture and degrading
treatment of prisoners, for
the first time specifically
mentioning forced naked-
ness, hooding and other
infamous procedures used
during the five-year-old
fight against terrorism.
Delayed more than a
year amid criticism of the
Defense Department's
treatment of prisoners,
the revised Army Field
Manual released yesterday
spdates a 1992 version.
It also explicitly bans
beating prisoners, sexually
humiliating them, threat-
ening them with dogs,
depriving them of food or
water, performing mock
executions, shocking them
with electricity, burning
them, causing other painj
and a technique called
"water boarding" that
simulates drowning, saidj
Lt. Gen. John ,Kimmons,
Army Deputy Chief of
Staff for Intelligence.
Officials said the revi-
sions are based on lessons
learned since the U.S. began
taking prisoners after the
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Release of the manual
came amid a flurry of
announcements about U.S.
handling of prisoners,
which has drawn criticism
from Bush administration
critics as well as domestic
and international allies.
The Pentagon also
announced an overall
policy statement on pris-
oner operations. President
Bush acknowledged the
existence of previously
secret CIA prisons around
the world where terror-
ist suspects have been
held and interrogated.

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