Panel Recommends Guantánamo Detainee Suspected of Planned Role in 9/11 Be Transferred

WASHINGTON — The case of a mentally ill detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Mohammed al-Qahtani, has long confounded the United States government. Suspected of being Al Qaeda’s intended 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he was tortured by military interrogators early in his detention at the American naval base in Cuba.

A senior Pentagon official later determined that, because of how…

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