FBI Probes Terror Cases Muddied by CIA

Data culled by torture may be tossed out of court, feds fear
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2007 6:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The FBI is probing Guantanamo Bay cases that the CIA has muddied by using torture, the Los Angeles Times reports. Up to 300 FBI agents are now interviewing Al Qaeda chiefs, including mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, seeking data that's admissable in court. Says one expert, "I think there's no surprise that they have to call in the FBI to clean up the mess left by the CIA secret detention program."

The CIA denies torturing suspects, despite FBI accounts of "techniques that we didn't even want to be in the room for." The CIA does admit that "enhanced" techniques won more information, but critics fear that a jury won't consider it credible. "They have put themselves in a very bad situation here," says an ex-FBI agent. "They have to redo everything."