Mayer recounts the torture tha Abu Zubayda, current Guantanamo Bay internee and Al Qaeda suspect, underwent at the hands of US authorities, mostly apparently by the CIA.
Zubayda’s extremis also taught the Agency about President Bush’s mind-set. According to New York Times reporter James Risen, Tenet explained to Bush not long after Zubayda’s capture that intelligence gathering was going poorly because Zubayda had been sedated with painkillers. Bush retorted, “Who authorized putting him on pain medication.?
Bush's remark is made all the more revealing when one takes into consideration that Bush knows that Al Qaeda is a creation of US and other intelligence agencies and that he and Cheney planned and executed 9/11, the passageway to hundreds of thousands, millions of their victims.