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Why is Taliban’s number two not being questioned by top U.S. interrogation teams?

five U.S. officials, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, tell Declassified that the HIG—which the Obama administration has billed as a less-controversial alternative to the Bush administration’s use of secret CIA prisons and “enhanced” interrogation techniques that human rights advocates had described as torture—is not being deployed to participate in the questioning of Mullah Baradar.
Some of the officials say they find this puzzling, since Baradar, who before his capture served as the Afghan Taliban’s top military commander, is widely believed to possess information that might be very useful to U.S. and allied forces fighting his Taliban comrades in Afghanistan…

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:52 AM on Feb. 28, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Two [U.S.] officials say their understanding was that the reason that HIG personnel had not been sent to question Baradar was because Pakistan’s government was reluctant to allow them to do so. However, two other officials say that the Obama administration did not ask Pakistan for permission to send a HIG team to question Baradar, though these officials would offer no explanation for why the administration would not want to use HIG in this case. A White House official declined to comment on the matter. A Pakistani Embassy spokesman had no immediate official comment.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:52 AM on Feb. 28, 2010


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:52 AM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • If only water boarding was still legal!!!

    In other words, until recently this enhanced interrogation technique was NOT illegal, but now it is!  Interesting.


    Answer by LoriKeet at 11:10 AM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • He's probably going to be sent to America on a first class flight with the best lawyer our tax dollars can afford ;) I'm joking (mostly), tho nothing would surprise me. I don't know the answer...but you present a very good question. Maybe we didn't want to offend him or hurt his sensitive terrorist feelings.


    Answer by momjoy1027 at 11:10 AM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • Because Bin Laden is dead, so there's no need to question him.

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 3:01 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • It is because Obama wants to have a beer with him and play a game of H.O.R.S.E. first.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 5:58 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • Because Bin Laden is dead, so there's no need to question him.

    Do you have irrefutable proof, a legitimate source, or do you just have a "gut feeling" about it?! LOL

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:20 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • What does a TALIBAN leader have to do with Bin Laden the Al Quaeda leader? I suppose the terrorists didn't get the obit because they are still killing for Allah.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 7:38 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • The Pakis will conduct "their own form of interrogation" and they will get the info they need. They don't have the ACLU over there protecting the rights of the terrorist nor do they have liberals over there choosing to protect the "noses" of the terrorist vs. saving lives. O knows this and will not initially send "his boys" over there for that very reason. "Doesn't want to dirty them up." However, he has to hope that the Pakis will share the information that they get. Don't be surprise if there are "other" individuals over there "watching" but "not participating......."

    Answer by pvtjokerus at 6:40 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

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