In his new book, ?The One Percent Doctrine,? Ron Suskind details how America’s torture of a mentally ill prisoner led the White House to pursue false leads in the war on terror.


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In his new book ?The One Percent Doctrine,? Ron Suskind details the story of Abu Zubaydah – a man President Bush once described as ?one of the top operatives plotting and planning death and destruction on the United States.? Suskind writes that Bush made this claim despite CIA and FBI analysis that showed Zubaydah was ?mentally ill and nothing like the pivotal figure they supposed him to be.? (?This guy is insane, [a] certifiable, split personality,? the FBI?s top al-Qaeda analyst said.)

Nevertheless, ?under White House and Justice Department direction, the CIA would make him its first test subject for harsh interrogation techniques.? Ultimately, his story became an example of how torture doesn?t work.

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