Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the suspected mastermind of the 2000 USS Cole bombing and a Guantanamo Bay detainee, said his confession to the attacks was coerced through five years of torture, according to transcripts released Friday. The transcripts from his Combatant Status Review Tribunal hearing do not provide any details of the alleged torture, and sections of transcript were redacted, but al-Nashiri did say that his alleged torturers were American and not Yemeni. When asked if he was under any pressure or duress at his hearing, he said "No. Not today." Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told the Associated Press that al-Nashiri's allegations of torture would be investigated.
Al-Nashiri has already been convicted and sentenced to death after a trial in absentia in Yemen, the site of the USS Cole attack. He is one of the 14 "high value" detainees moved from secret overseas CIA prisons.