Guantánamo war court screens waterboarded terrorist’s recruiting video

Miami HeraldFebruary 17, 2011 

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — Long before CIA agents waterboarded him, prized war-on-terror captive Abu Zubaydah praised the 9/11 attacks as “truly magnificent” and sought recruits to fight the Jews and Christians.

“We call them terrorist attacks too because their goal, according to the Quran, is to terrorize Allah’s enemies,” the 30-something Saudi-born Palestinian says, in Arabic, in a never-before-seen screened video at the war court Thursday.

Islam’s enemies are "Jews or Christians or apostates or Hindus or atheists," he says, appearing fit in full beard and mustache and traditional Afghan garb. He neither denies nor confirms whether his al Qaeda rival “Martyrs Organization” had a role in the Sept.11, 2001, attacks – “that’s between us and Allah,” he says.

It was shown to a military jury of nine American officers deciding a sentence for a confessed small-arms instructor from Sudan who was captured in Abu Zubaydah’s guest house, along with a manual that recommends beheading of infidels.

But it let the Pentagon showcase a portion of the case the United States has been trying to build against the first prized captive of the post 9/11 era, Abu Zubyadah, whose full name is Zayn al Abideen Mohammed al Hussein.

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