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Intelligence from Gitmo 'not useful'

The Guardian reported Sunday that Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Christino, “a senior Pentagon intelligence officer who worked at the heart of the US war on terror,” said that prisoner interrogations at Guantánamo Bay – the US military facility in Cuba which currently houses Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees – has not produced any intelligence that resulted in preventing “a single terrorist attack.” Lt. Col. Christino also said that the reports of the value of these interrogations had been “wildly exaggerated” by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Christino’s remarks and those of three other US intelligence officers who support his comments are contained in the book “Guantánamo: America’s War on Human Rights,” by British journalist David Rose, which will be released this week. Christino, who served from June 2003 until his recent retirement in June 2004 as senior watch officer for the central Department of Defense unit known as the Joint Intelligence Task Force-Combating Terrorism (JITF-CT), also said that the screening process in Afghanistan that determined which captured troops would be sent to the US prison camp was “hopelessly flawed from the get-go.” Full Story

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