Senate Report on CIA Torture
Majid Khan Capture
Multiple CIA officers and reports stated that “information from KSM led to the capture of [Majid] Kahn [sic],” and that “KSM gave us Majid Khan,” an alleged operative who “could enter the United States easily and was tasked to research attacks against U.S. water reservoirs.” The Office of Legal Counsel relied on this misrepresentation in its analysis of the legality of enhanced interrogation techniques. When reassuring National Security Council members Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Assistant Attorney General Jack Goldsmith about the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation, CIA leadership cited the identification by KSM of Majid Khan as an example.
However, “CIA records indicate that Majid Khan was identified and located prior to any reporting from KSM,” and “[t]here is no indication in CIA records that reporting from KSM - or any other CIA detainee - played any role in the identification and capture of Majid Khan.” Khan was captured at his brother’s house in Karachi, Pakistan on March 5, 2003, after the CIA had tracked his internet activity for several months in hopes that he would lead the CIA to Khallad bin Attash. After a Deputy Chief of ALEC Station, a CIA station dedicated to tracking Osama bin Laden, read the reporting of Khan's foreign government interrogations, she requested a photo of Khan to use in the KSM interrogations. It was only on March 17, 2003, after Khan’s capture, that KSM was shown the photograph of Majid Khan and referred to Khan as “Yusif” for the first time.