By Terence P. Jeffrey
The Washington Times
December 16, 2007
Waterboarding Abu Zubaydah as a last resort to find out what he knew about pending terrorist plots was a justifiable act of self-defense.
Two weeks before the September 11, 2001, attacks, according to the September 11 Commission, a foreign intelligence service issued a report on the following topic: “Consideration by Abu Zubaydah to Attack Targets in the United States.” That threat should have been taken more seriously.
The commission described Abu Zubaydah as a “sympathetic peer” of Osama bin Laden. In the years before September 11, he operated the Khaldan and Derunta terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. “While the camps were not al Qaeda facilities,” the September 11 Commission said, “Abu Zubaydah had an agreement with bin Laden to conduct reciprocal recruiting efforts whereby promising trainees at the camps could be invited to join al Qaeda.”
Some of the terrorists Abu Zubaydah trained and directed were American citizens.