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FBI withdrew from interrogation due to CIA’s ‘harsh tactics.’

By Matt Corley on December 18, 2007 at 6:06 pm

"FBI withdrew from interrogation due to CIA’s ‘harsh tactics.’"

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In 2002, as the CIA used “harsh tactics” to interrogate al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, FBI agents involved in his detention increasingly “protested the aggressive methods that were used.” Reportedly, “one agent was so offended he threatened to arrest the CIA interrogators.” The Washington Post reports today that the tensions between the two agencies became so bad that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III “eventually ordered the FBI team to withdraw from the interrogation” because of the tactics being used:

Tensions came to a head after FBI agents witnessed the use of some harsh tactics on Abu Zubaydah, including keeping him naked in his cell, subjecting him to extreme cold and bombarding him with loud rock music. [...]

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III eventually ordered the FBI team to withdraw from the interrogation, largely because bureau procedures prohibit agents from being involved in such techniques, according to several officials familiar with the episode.

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