Ali Khan

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Ali Khan (fl. 2003-2006) is a citizen of Pakistan, and a permanent resident of the United States.[1] One of his sons, Majid Khan, was held in extrajudicial detention, in secret interrogation centers, run by the CIA, for four years. On September 6, 2006 his son Majid was transferred to military custody in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[2]

Ali Khan released an affidavit alleging torture inflicted on his son by US counterterrorism interrogators, and on other individuals.[2]

Life in Maryland

Khan brought his family to Maryland, where some of his children, including Majid, attended American schools.[3]

Some of his children, including Majid, returned to Pakistan, when they became adults.[3]

Majid and Mohammed's capture

His sons, Majid and Mohammed, and Mohammed's wife and infant child, were captured in Pakistan on March 5, 2003.[2] Mohammed, his wife, his child, were released after a month. Majid had been threatened with transfer to Guantanamo Bay. When Mohammed was released the Khans lost all contact with Majid, and didn't know where he was, or if he was still alive, until President Bush announcedTemplate:When? that Majid had been transferred to Guantanamo together with 13 men suspected of being the most senior members of al Qaeda to be in US custody.

Ali Khan's affidavit

Ali Khan's affidavit contains new allegations. According to Ali Khan:

  • His son Mohammed reported that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's had been subjected to abusive interrogations:[2]
    "Also according to Mohammed, he and Majid were detained in the same place where two of Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s young children, ages about 6 and 8, were held. The Pakistani guards told my son that the boys were kept in a separate area upstairs, and were denied food and water by other guards. They were also mentally tortured by having ants or other creatures put on their legs to scare them and get them to say where their father was hiding."
  • His son Mohammed had been allowed to talk to Majid, during his detention, and reported that Majid reported being subjected to abusive interrogation by Americans.
  • Ali Khan asked the Tribunal why his son Majid was facing allegations that his family members had asserted that he had become a religious fanatic. He disputed that his son was a religious fanatic, and that member of his family had ever asserted that he was a religious fanatic.
  • Ali Khan said that Mohammed reported that Majid had been subjected to twenty days of beatings, binding in stress positions during day-long interrogations, sleep deprivation, and confinement to a space too small to lie down or sit up, when he wasn't being interrogated.

Nathan Goetting, a law Professor at Adrian College, referenced the affadavit in a 2012 paper discussing the disappearance of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's children.[4] After noting that the reliability of affiants, like Khan "open to dispute", he went on to note:

"However, in August 2002, just a month before the boys were captured, former head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (now federal circuit court judge) Jay Bybee issued a memo authorizing the use of insects during custodial interrogations related to the 'War on Terror.' Moreover, a CIA interrogator has reported that Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was told that if the U.S. is attacked again, 'We're going to kill your children.'"[4]


  1. Natalie Hrubos (April 17, 2007). "Guantanamo detainee's father says son tortured in secret CIA prison". The Jurist. Archived from the original on January 30, 2008. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ali Khan (June 19, 2009). "Statement of Ali Khan" (PDF). Center for Constitutional Rights. Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2009. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Michael Melia (April 16, 2007). "Father of Pakistani Alleges U.S. Torture". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2019-01-26. Retrieved 2007-04-18. "The father said he submitted his allegations to undercut the U.S. military's claims that his son helped al-Qaida mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed plan attacks inside the United States. Mohammed, who admitted planning the Sept. 11 attacks, also is held at Guantanamo." 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Goetting (2012). "The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012: Battlefield Earth". Retrieved 2019-01-26. "This claim is contradicted, however, by an affidavit submitted to a 2007 combatant status review tribunal in Gitmo by All Khan, father of Gitmo detainee Majid Khan, who claimed that Pakistani guards told his son that, while in U.S. custody, the boys were 'denied food and water by other guards. They were also mentally tortured by having ants and other creatures put on their legs to scare them and get them to say where their father was hiding.'"