May 13, 2009

Al Qaeda figure who provided link to Iraq reportedly dead in Libya

Posted: 12:07 AM ET

(CNN) - The accused terrorist who said he was tortured into making a false connection between al Qaeda and Iraq has died in a Libyan prison, human rights monitors said Tuesday.

Colin Powell featured Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi's claim in a presentation to the U.N. Security Council.

Colin Powell featured Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi's claim in a presentation to the U.N. Security Council.

Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi's allegation that Iraqi agents trained al Qaeda operatives in the use of chemical and biological weapons was "pivotal" to the Bush administration's case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, said Stacy Sullivan, a counterterrorism adviser for the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch.

"He's a fairly significant figure in the counterterrorism world, and his testimony I would say provided the linchpin for the invasion of Iraq," she said.

Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell featured al-Libi's claim in the dramatic presentation he made to the U.N. Security Council just weeks before the invasion, citing it as evidence of ties between Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's government and the terrorist network responsible for the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. Al-Libi recanted his account after the invasion, and no other evidence supported the story, the Senate Intelligence Committee reported in 2006.

Al-Libi's death was first reported by a Libyan newspaper over the weekend and confirmed by Human Rights Watch researchers Monday, Sullivan said. The newspaper report said he had committed suicide, and the group is asking Libya to conduct a "full and transparent" investigation into his death.

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Ted   May 13th, 2009 6:15 am ET

After the first Gulf War I met General Colin Powell and shook his hand at a celebration, considering him an honest person.
Now, after all those lies he gave, well knowing that none of it is true, he is one of the war criminals who are responsible for going to war in Iraq. He ruined his good name and should be put in jail together with Bush and Co.

Dave of Detroit   May 13th, 2009 7:44 am ET

What was he doing in LIbya? Kind of off the beaten track and inaccessable to any investigative reporters but then, it is a way to control intel that might reveal things an Administration doesn't want coming into the public record. For the record, I stand corrected-First the Constitutional Rights of a Free Press was done away with, then the Freedom of Religion, then the Freesdom of Speech, and, if the tea parties continue, the right to assemble and a final observation-this is Fascism at work, not socialism!
For the record, I think that Secretary Powell's resignation was accepted because he was starting to ask the wrong questions and not knuckling under to the big three!

Gary Chandler in Canada   May 13th, 2009 4:04 pm ET

Here is a sure fire recipe for moving toward an 'understanding' of the 'torture' debate.
1. Think of something that 'might' or 'might not' be true that Cheney would know for sure.
[For example, that George and him wore dresses and danced in the Oval Office.]
2. Ask him to sign document stating it is true.
3. When he refuses, put him in a room with handcuffs and a bathtub full of water.
4. Using 'enhanced interrogation techniques', in roughly 27 minutes he would sign the document.
5. This might not convince his 10 followers he is WRONG, but at that point HE would be certain of it!

Gary Chandler in Canada   May 13th, 2009 4:24 pm ET

or they could use the 'pretty nurse' technique that was used to get McCain to sing!

Mari, Utah   May 13th, 2009 8:46 pm ET

Bush & DICK ........ LIED.

Dona J.   May 13th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I find it hard to believe you think your daughter is innocent! She is your daughter true but, caylee was also your grand daughter!!! I think your daughter had problems wanting to still party and being a mom. May Caylee rest in peace!

maria   May 13th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I really don't know what to say. I am just besde myself that people can actually feel sorry for Casey's parents. Are they living in a delusonal world. Stranger things have happened . Look at the Huckabee case. Are the Anthony's sitting around saying how could she do that? This is a person nobody would have suspected . This is the same get off your horse and except he fact that your daughter is a KILLER. I saw the Live Larry King interview and I watched Geoege's face he is completing on board with the truth, the women in this family are controlling and selfish. To George don't contimplate suside LEAVE YOUR WIFE AND CRAZY DAUGHTER AND REALLY LIVE FOR CAYLEE!!!!!!!

peter   May 14th, 2009 12:09 am ET

NO more Anthonys ! please,,

Dave of Detroit   May 14th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Gary-You are confusing Dick Cheney with J. Edgar Hoover as far as dress codes but you might be right in another area-both a very tough individuals that scare the media to death. Personally, I think that Cheney missed his calling as an interrogator-very nasty people get real polite with Mr. Cheney. If Halliburton hadn't been on the verge of Bankruptcy, he could have been one the great Vice-Presidents and I really mean that. Neccessity can really complicate your life and even more a Nation that counted on your leadership!

CHOCO   May 14th, 2009 1:19 am ET

if u felt or knew your dAUGHTER KILLED YOUR GRANDdaughter...
would u still support her????? or would you want justice....even though she's your daughter???

Solemei   May 14th, 2009 1:22 am ET

To George Anthony:

The public would really like to know what you wrote on the night that you tried to commit suicide. How convenient for your attorney (Brad C.) to withhold that information.

To Cindy:

There are no words to express what you are. I can only pray that your conscience finds no peace….EVER.

To Lee:

Sherlock Holmes you are NOT. Remember this: What you do in the dark will come out in the light. All of your scheming and conniving to ‘get to the truth’ will come back to you seven fold.

brown   May 14th, 2009 1:44 am ET


blessing   May 14th, 2009 5:58 am ET


Sheitz   May 14th, 2009 7:34 am ET

Kudos to you Larry on your interview with the Anthonys!!! You did ask them some of the hard questions others were afraid to. We knew they would lie in their answers to you, but all you can do is ask,. You showed last night what a professional, seasoned interviewer you are. You also somehow kept them from walking off stage, as it was obvious at times that they were very upset at the questions you asked. Also, it shows that you listened to your followers by asking some of our questions. GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!

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