Guantanamo Detainee Abu Zubaydah Asking Supreme Court For Access To Secret Information About His Torture

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Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Zubaydah is seeking the U.S. Supreme Court grants his request for more information about his torture while in the custody of the CIA and held at several different so-called black sites. The CIA captured Zubaydah in Pakistan 19 years ago believing that he was a high-ranking Al-Qaeda figure but later realized he was not. After his initial capture he was transported by the CIA to several secret locations and ultimately to a location in Poland.

Zubaydah is seeking the names of two CIA officer that devised his torture. According to a Senate Intelligence Committee, Zubaydah was wrongfully tortured and held at several different black site locations where he was repeatedly water-bordered, slapped, shoved into walls and into small boxes and was not allowed to sleep for days at a time. After several years of torture Zubaydah was transferred in 2006 into the custody of the Department of Defense and moved the US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he currently remains.

Zubaydah is seeking the US supreme Court to overrule the 9th circuit Court of appeals and a federal court in California that have blocked him from getting access to the information he seeks. The US government has argued that this is a state secret and to reveal this information would pose a national security risk. Zubaydah's attorney has argued that the European Court of Human Rights determined that he was held in Poland, especially since Poland's former president admitted that the country let the CIA operate there. Therefore Zubaydah's lawyer say it is no longer a secret and he should be allowed to have access to this information.

Ultimately Zubaydah is pursuing a case against Poland for allowing this to happen and for allowing the CIA to operate there but he cannot go further unless the United States gives him this information.  Abu Zubaydah is one of several detainees who have never been given a trial.  But in 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that detainees do indeed have some constitutional rights, including access to the U.S. court system.

Abu Zubaydah is being held at Guantanamo Bay