Three years after his capture, human rights groups were surprised when Ghul was not included among 14 high-value detainees who were transferred out of the CIA’s black sites program and sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2007.
Since then, he has been considered a missing, or ghost detainee. But in the heavily redacted OLC memo dated May 30, 2005, government censors appeared to have missed a single reference to his name and confinement during a lengthy description of the interrogation techniques used against him. The reference can be found at the bottom of Page 7 in the memo, where Ghul’s surname is spelled “Gul.”
The money quote: “The interrogation team ‘carefully analyzed Gul’s responsiveness to different areas of inquiry’ during this time and noted that his resistance increase as questioning moved to his ‘knowledge of operational terrorist activities.’”
Careful analysis to figure out that he’s telling you bits of stuff you don’t need and working hard to withhold the stuff you do? This is like 24 populated entirely by the staff of Dilbert.
Even worse is the guy who ended his instructions on how to torture people with “Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.” He’s now a federal appeals judge.