Guantanamo prisoners fabricated information to give CIA interrogators after being physically and mentally abused, they told a 2007 military tribunal in transcripts released yesterday under the Freedom of Information act. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and one of the prisoners who was repeatedly waterboarded, said he made up stories about Osama bin Laden's whereabouts after being tortured, CNN reports.
"Where is he? I don't know," Mohammed said of the interrogation session. "Then, he torture me. Then I said, 'Yes, he is in this area.' " Other detainees described abuse which led to permanent disabilities. A lawyer for the ACLU, which sued to make the documents public, said the information had been "suppressed solely to avoid embarrassment and growing demands for accountability." The organization is seeking the release of other similar documents.