The Unofficial Story of the al-Qaeda 14

Their torture by the CIA was wrong — in more ways than you might think

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Until now, the issue of what our interrogators did to the al-Qaeda operatives in their custody was as remote as the secret prisons in which they have been kept: a list of techniques with odd names like "water boarding" to match up with grainy head shots above long Arabic names. But we learned from President Bush last week that the CIA's 14 high-value detainees have been moved to a U.S. base, the Cuban outpost of Guantánamo Bay. And because they will face some kind of trial, the issue of torture moves closer to our political shore. When you look at their faces...

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