Read an outstanding article in Foreign Policy on the subject and tweeted the “news” the other day. I missed the news the first time around, and learned I wasn’t the only one, so I thought SOFREP readers might also be interested.
Imad Mughniyeh (aka “Muggie) is arguably the 2nd most lethal terrorist in our history. This Iranian proxy dirt bag was responsible for the bombings of the ’83 US Beirut Embassy (63 killed, including Robert Ames, CIA’s Near East division chief), and months later the bombing that killed 241 Marines (and 58 French troops). The CIA later learned he planned these “ops” in the Iranian Embassy in Syria. He hijacked a TWA airliner in ’85. Beat Robert Stethem, a Navy diver, to death, and dumped his body unceremoniously out the airplane door to plummet to the tarmac. He also kidnapped a bunch of western hostages in the ‘80’s, including William F. Buckley (CIA Beirut station chief in ‘84), USMC LTC William R. Higgins in ‘88 (who was on peacekeeping duty), and Terry Anderson in ’85 (held for six years).
Most know about the hijacking and bombings, but “Muggie” really shined when it came to the treatment of Buckley and Higgins. Both Buckley and Higgins were TORTURED. No, not water boarded, slapped around or made to stand for a couple of hours. I emphasize here so you can knowledgeably speak to the next dimwit that equates enhanced interrogation techniques with TORTURE.
The CIA received videos showcasing both men’s treatment. Higgins’ video showed a badly beaten, sunken eyed, barefoot body hanging from a rope. (You can see excerpts in the video below.) Bruising around the neck suggested an earlier strangulation. The video was sent with a typewritten letter calling the murder an “opening gift” to the US and Israel.