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Abu Zubaydah’s sworn statement provides a chilling, first-person account of how U.S. officials tortured a man they wrongly believed was a top al-Qaida operative.

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Even if the accusations against Abu Zubaydah had been true, what the CIA did to him—with the knowledge and approval of the highest government officials—is a prime example of the kind of still-unpunished crimes that officials such as Dick Cheney, George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld committed in the so-called global war on terror.

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Defending their record in office these past eight years, figures from the last administration seem especially touchy on the subject of torture. Led by the former vice president, Dick Cheney, they have argued that there was no torture, preferring more vague and delicate terms such as "enhanced interrogation" or simply "the program."

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The official paper trail about torture has apparently caught up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has claimed that she wasn't aware of the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on suspected al-Qaida operatives -- but it now seems that she may well have been among the first to know.

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