Human Rights Watch Confirms al-Libi’s Death
The news that was circulating through the Arabic-language press yesterday has now been confirmed by Human Rights Watch, The Washington Post reports. According to a release the group put out last night, a researcher talked to Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi — the al-Qaeda non-link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden — barely two weeks ago:
Human Rights Watch briefly met with al-Libi on April 27 during a research mission to Libya. He refused to be interviewed, and would say nothing more than: “Where were you when I was being tortured in American jails.” Human Rights Watch has strongly condemned the CIA’s detention program and documented how detainees in CIA custody were abused, but, like other human rights groups, was never granted access to prisoners in CIA custody.
“The death of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi means that the world will never hear his account of the brutal torture he experienced,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “So now it is up to Libya and the United States to reveal the full story of what they know, including its impact on his mental health.”
Bwahahahahahaha! Oh, you were serious about that? Good luck establishing the commission.