According to US media, in 2002 ex-president George W. Bush referred to Zubayda as “al-Qaeda’s* chief of operations.” Officials later reportedly concluded, however, that he was a Pakistan-based “fixer” for radical Islamist leaders, not a formal member of the group.
The US Supreme Court stated on Monday that it would hear a plea from a Guantanamo Bay detention camp terrorism suspect for disclosing more details about his torture, which the US government rejects as a national security threat, the legal order said.
According to the Supreme Court document, Abu Zubaydah, also known as Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, was apprehended in Pakistan in March 2002 and held in CIA detention centers around the world. According to the US government, he was a longtime friend and ally of Osama bin Laden.
Zubaydah and his lawyer want to question James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, two former CIA contractors, about the operation of a hidden CIA facility in Poland where they say Zubaydah was detained and tortured in 2002 and 2003.
The detainee was also “forced to remain awake for eleven consecutive days and doused again and again with cold water when he collapsed into sleep”, stuffed into small cages, suspended naked from hooks for hours, and subjected to “a particularly grotesque humiliation described by the CIA as ‘rectal rehydration'”.
In application, the US government said it has declassified a “significant amount of information regarding the former…