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Questioning of Accused Expected to Be Humane, Legal and Aggressive

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s American captors are likely to use tactics like sleep deprivation and psychological manipulation in trying to pry information from him, officials said today. But the White House promised that Mr. Mohammed, the terrorist mastermind, would be treated humanely. “The standard for any type of interrogation of somebody in American custody is to be humane and to follow all international laws and accords dealing with this type subject,” the White House spokesman, Ari Fleischer, said to reporters. “That is precisely what has been happening and exactly what will happen.” Mr. Mohammed, captured on Saturday in Pakistan after a yearslong pursuit, is in the custody of the C.I.A. at an undisclosed site outside Pakistan, officials said. American officials said they believed that Mr. Mohammed could provide them with a potential trove of information about his boss, Osama bin Laden, and Al Qaeda. The officials added that they expected the Central Intelligence Agency to use every means at its disposal, short of what it considers outright torture, to try to crack him. Human rights advocates said they were concerned that the United States might violate the spirit, as well as the letter, of international accords by subjecting Mr. Mohammed to extreme treatment or by turning him over to a country that it knows will be willing to torture him. Full Story

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