The Significance of Abu Zubaydah
11:13 AM, Aug 25, 2009 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
As I discussed in my piece, The Zubaydah Dossier, there is no question that Abu Zubaydah was a top al Qaeda terrorist with detailed knowledge of al Qaeda's plotting. Despite a wealth of evidence in this regard, however, some still insist that Zubaydah was not really all that important. This is nonsense, but the Washington Post keeps repeating it over and over again.
One of the reports declassified and released yesterday by the Obama administration provides still more evidence of Abu Zubaydah's significance. The report, which was authored by the CIA in June of 2005 and is titled "Detainee Reporting Pivotal for the War Against Al Qaeda," notes:
In addition, the report's authors explained:
Then there is this:
Among the al Qaeda terrorists Zubaydah gave up intelligence on, the report's authors explain, were two senior al Qaeda terrorists who were then plotting attacks against America, both here at home and abroad.
Thus ends the idea that Abu Zubaydah wasn't all that important within al Qaeda. It was a ridiculous notion in the first place. Will the Washington Post run a front-page retraction of its earlier front-page "reporting"?