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    Salams - before you even read this, I just want to share how I found out. This morning, before I had breakfast, I went to get the newspaper from outside and I find myself staring at another crazed looking, disheveled Arab. I read the headline below, but then the sub-headline, "He says he was tortured", stuck out more to me than the huge letters. Before even reading the article, I knew that it was a bull**** story to 1) Distract the world from what's going on in Iraq and Palestine 2) To instill fear in the hearts of American Muslims. 3) Make America look like it's doing something and "protecting" it's people. 4) To soon justify torture and use the excuse "we did it to this guy and 'saved' lives, so we'll do it to other guys and 'save' more". When I finally started reading the article, every sentence proved my suspicions. See for yourself...




    9/11 planner confesses to many plots
    He compares Al Qaeda operatives to American revolutionaries in his tribunal testimony.
    By Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
    March 15, 2007

    WASHINGTON — Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the Kuwaiti national who is thought to be the highest-ranking Al Qaeda operative in U.S. custody, told a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, last weekend that he was responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a transcript of the hearing.

    In a written statement read to a three-officer panel, Mohammed claimed he was Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's "operational leader" for the "9/11 operation," responsible for the "organizing, planning, follow-up and execution" of the plot.

    "I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z," Mohammed said, according to the transcript, which was released by the Pentagon on Wednesday night.

    Mohammed was present at the hourlong, closed-door hearing Saturday, and he interjected frequently in slightly broken English. His admission was read to the tribunal by an Air Force lieutenant colonel who was serving as Mohammed's representative.

    Mohammed also gave a lengthy, apparently spontaneous speech in which he likened Al Qaeda operatives to American revolutionaries, described a war against a dominating U.S. presence and even expressed a measure of remorse.

    "I'm not happy that 3,000 been killed in America," he said, according to the transcript. "I feel sorry, even. I don't like to kill children and the kids. Never Islam are give me green light to kill people. Killing, as in the Christianity, Jews and Islam, are prohibited."

    In his 31-point statement, Mohammed claimed responsibility for a wide range of terrorist plots, including the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center; the 2002 bombings of nightclubs in Bali, Indonesia; and the so-called shoe-bomber plot to down U.S. airliners traveling across the Atlantic. He said he took part in plans to kill former Presidents Carter and Clinton, as well as the late Pope John Paul II.

    Mohammed has made similar claims in the past about his involvement in terrorist attacks. The Sept. 11 commission report, published three years ago, cited several interrogation reports compiled by U.S. intelligence agencies in which Mohammed described his role in the attacks in detail.

    In addition, the trial of alleged Al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui last year included statements by Mohammed that were read to jurors, in which he described his role in several terrorist plots.

    But Saturday's hearing was the first time Mohammed had faced a U.S. legal proceeding since he was captured in Pakistan in March 2003. And it was the first time he was allowed to freely discuss U.S. allegations without interrogators present. He used the opportunity to present charges that he had been tortured by his U.S. captors, and he attempted to portray himself as a soldier fighting a war of independence.

    "What I wrote here is not I'm making myself hero when I said I was responsible for this or that," Mohammed said, addressing the U.S. Navy captain who presided over the tribunal. "You are military man. You know very well there are language for any war."

    None of the military officers who participated were named, a common practice in the tribunals that is intended to prevent possible retribution.

    Mohammed was held by the CIA in a secret U.S. detention facility for more than three years. He was moved into military custody at Guantanamo Bay in September after the Supreme Court ruled that all Al Qaeda detainees were covered by the Geneva Convention, which prohibits inhumane treatment.

    Saturday's hearing, formally called a combatant status review tribunal, was intended to determine whether Mohammed will officially be classified as an "enemy combatant" and held at Guantanamo Bay.

    Although Mohammed's tribunal is largely a formality, under military detention rules adopted after a series of Supreme Court rulings, all Guantanamo Bay detainees must be accorded such a hearing. A ruling is likely to take several weeks.

    The government's case against him is based at least in part on a computer hard drive that the Pentagon said was seized when Mohammed was captured and that contained code names, flight numbers and photos of the Sept. 11 hijackers. But the case also may include classified evidence that was not made public or provided to Mohammed.

    In addition to his claims of being involved in dozens of successful and foiled terrorist plots — including the so-called second wave of planned attacks on U.S. buildings, the Library Tower in Los Angeles among them — Mohammed asked that other detainees at Guantanamo Bay be treated humanely, arguing that many of them were not Al Qaeda or Taliban operatives.

    Mohammed appears to have exaggerated his role in some of the plots. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing, for instance, was masterminded by Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, who was convicted of coordinating the attack by a U.S. court in 1996.

    But Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University, said most of the nearly three dozen attacks listed — many of which were foiled — appeared to have been masterminded or guided by Mohammed.

    "It's almost every single Al Qaeda plot up until he was apprehended," Hoffman said. "This just shows that Bin Laden and [Al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman] Zawahiri can make threats, but Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was the go-to guy."

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    Mohammed's central role in so many Al Qaeda plots makes his capture an important milestone, but his statement also provides clues about terrorist groups that may still be at large.

    In a section that was partially redacted by the Pentagon, Mohammed discussed terrorist plots that occurred outside the Al Qaeda network, including the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Mohammed credited the slaying to a group of Pakistani militants.

    The "Pakistani mujahadeen group" Mohammed mentioned appeared to refer to militants who got their start fighting in Indian-controlled Kashmir but have since gained more global and regional ambitions, Hoffman said.

    Mohammed spent most of his speech, which stretched over nearly four pages in the single-spaced transcript, attempting to explain his view that Al Qaeda attacks were a series of battles in a war for liberation. He said that U.S. labels such as "terrorists" and "enemy combatants" were deceptive, and that Al Qaeda operatives were merely soldiers. At one point, he compared Bin Laden to George Washington.

    "If now we were living in the Revolutionary War and George Washington, he being arrested through Britain, for sure they would consider him enemy combatant," he said. "But American, they consider him as hero."

    As he expressed regret for the children killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, he said they were the victims of a war and likened them to Iraqi civilians killed during the U.S. invasion.

    "Because war, for sure, there will be victims," Mohammed said.

    Hoffman said Mohammed's long speech was "striking for how logical and rational" it was, but he said it was not uncommon for terrorist leaders to describe themselves as reluctant warriors, or to compare themselves favorably to American revolutionary leaders.

    "It's completely typical of all terrorists throughout history," Hoffman said.

    Mohammed appeared calm and composed, based on the transcript, and made an effort to understand the tribunal process and to cooperate with the panel. At one point, an officer asked him if he had any questions about the tribunal process.

    "OK by me," Mohammed answered.

    Mohammed is one of 14 so-called high-value detainees who were moved to Guantanamo Bay, and one of the first three to face a military tribunal.

    The Pentagon also released transcripts of the two other hearings, including that of accused Sept. 11 conspirator Ramzi Binalshibh, who was captured in Pakistan months before Mohammed. But neither of the other two agreed to attend their hearings, and the transcripts are largely devoid of much in the way of information beyond procedural matters.

    According to Binalshibh's hearing transcript, his personal representative tried four times in February and March to read him the unclassified version of evidence that was being used to detain him, but in all four instances he refused to leave his cell.

    The other detainee, Abu Faraj Libbi, another alleged Al Qaeda leader and an associate of Mohammed's, submitted a statement in which he said he was refusing to participate because he was not allowed to have a lawyer and was being denied a formal court hearing.

    In Mohammed's hearing, the Al Qaeda operative gave no details about his claims that he was tortured by U.S. agents.

    The charges of mistreatment were raised by the Navy captain overseeing the proceeding. The captain said the charges were in written statements that Mohammed gave the tribunal and would be part of the hearing record.

    Mohammed accused the U.S. of arresting and abusing his children. He also charged U.S. officials of intentionally targeting and killing the children of Bin Laden and Zawahiri.

    In making the accusation, Mohammed claimed it was the U.S. that did not respect human rights, arguing that Al Qaeda always targeted legitimate facilities related to U.S. economic and military might.

    "When we target in USA, we chose them military target, economical and political," he said. "Now American, they know [Bin Laden], he is in this house. They don't care about his kids … they will just bombard it. They will kill all of them, and they did it."

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    • #3
      Page 3 of 3

      peter.spiegel@latimes.com

      Times staff writers Josh Meyer and Julian E. Barnes contributed to this report.

      *

      (INFOBOX BELOW)

      `I was responsible'

      The following is an excerpt from Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's statement before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay:

      I was emir (i.e., commander) of Beit Al Shuhada (i.e., the Martyrs' House) in the state of Kandahar, Afghanistan, which housed the 9/11 hijackers. There I was responsible for their training and readiness for the execution of the 9/11 operation. Also, I hereby admit and affirm without duress that I was a responsible participant, principal planner, trainer, financier (via the Military Council Treasury), executor and/or a personal participant in the following:

      1. I was responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center operation.

      2. I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z.

      3. [REDACTED]

      4. I was responsible for the shoe-bomber operation to down two American airplanes.

      5. I was responsible for the Filka Island operation in Kuwait that killed two American soldiers.

      Source: Defense Department

      *

      (INFOBOX BELOW)

      Other plots for which Mohammed claimed responsibility

      BALI ATTACK: In 2002, suicide bombers struck nightclubs in a tourist district on the Indonesian island, killing 202 people.

      SHOE BOMB: In late 2001, Al Qaeda-trained operative Richard Reid tried to bring down a U.S.-bound flight.

      TARGETING L.A.: The Library Tower (now the U.S. Bank building) was to be hit in a second wave of attacks on the U.S.

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      • #4
        I wonder if he not behind the JF-KENNEDY assasination as well
        A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
        By: George Bernard Shaw

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        • #5
          Well, he didn't break completely - he never admitted to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, to being the author of the Zinoviev letter, to being one of the 'Watergate' burglars OR to being 'the man on the grassy knoll'

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          • #6


            Question marks over al-Qaeda confession

            ".....Human rights activists.....pointed to deleted portions in the transcript when the head of the panel alludes to allegations by Mohammed that he was tortured before being sent to Guantanamo in December from CIA prisons overseas....."

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            • #7
              Waterboarding involves being bound upside down to an inclined board, head wrapped in cellophane. Fear of drowning is inevitable and kicks in after just a few seconds. Waterboarding was widely practiced by US-advised military dictatorships in Latin America during the 1970s.

              Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) customers to waterboarding usually don't last more then 14 seconds before confessing to anything. Salafi-jihadi mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammad - or KSM, as he is known in the counterinsurgency netherworld - apparently lasted as long as 150 seconds.

              In Bush administration eyes, KSM, al-Qaeda's former chief of operations, is the ultimate "enemy combatant". KSM had already "confessed" to being the brain of the September 11, 2001, attacks when he was captured in Pakistan in 2002 - in a prosaic police operation, and not by any "shock and awe" from above.

              Apparently he spent all these past years determined to "confess" again in the US detention center in sunny Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, claiming, according to words attributed to him by the Pentagon, to be "the operational director for Sheikh Osama bin Laden for the organizing, planning, follow-up and execution of the 9/11 operation".

              KSM's "confession" comes courtesy of a Pentagon that already gave the world Abu Ghraib in Baghdad, Bagram in Kabul, Guantanamo, "extraordinary rendition" and extreme variations of handsomely paid subcontracted torture. According to Human Rights Watch, waterboarding "really amounts to a mock execution, which is illegal under international law". Those who believe KSM was not tortured in his more than four years in Pakistan and in Guantanamo may also believe in Spider Man. The CIA, just in case, also kidnapped both of his sons - one is seven, the other is nine.

              The impeccable timing - although more than four years late - of KSM's "confession" also happens to knock the scandal surrounding US President George W Bush's chief law enforcer and torture apologist, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, off the media cycle.

              So we have a 42-year-old Pakistani raised in Kuwait whose political sensibility was fine-tuned in the late 1980s during the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan (a graphic definition of blowback if there ever was one). By himself, and certainly inspired by the Japanese kamikaze, he came up with the spectacularly deadly concept of turning planes into missiles. And this was after a stellar string of operations - starting with an assassination attempt on former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto (in 1993, by Ramzi Yousef), the first bombing of the New York World Trade Center (also in 1993), a failed assassination attempt on pope John Paul II in the Philippines - a total of 31 actual or aborted operations.

              KSM met bin Laden in Jalalabad in Afghanistan in 1996, after the Taliban took power in Kabul. It may have taken him years to convince "the Sheikh" of September 11's conceptual merits: with al-Qaeda's No 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the job was much easier. As to KSM's confession of personally beheading former Wall Street reporter Daniel Pearl in early 2002 in Karachi, it does not make sense. The one man responsible for the whole Pearl operation was Lahore playboy turned jihadi turned computer wizard Omar Sheikh, now languishing in jail in Pakistan.

              Who benefits?

              In the long run, it will be enlightening to check whether KSM will be regarded by Americans as a convenient sacrificial lamb - to be dealt with by lethal injection - and whether he will be regarded as a martyr by significant parts of the world of Islam.

              KSM has a known reputation for boasting. He may really see himself as a true "revolutionary hero" - in the tradition of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara in South America. That's what the Pentagon says he thinks. If that is true, he also knows he's got nothing to lose, so why not forever imprint his reputation in history?

              For the Bush administration, KSM could not be more convenient. Were this to be a Hollywood blockbuster (in many aspects it is), the final scene would focus on a dreary "interrogation room" in an aseptic Guantanamo where, under the steely gaze of a Kevin Costner-like investigator, a dejected KSM does a James Cagney - "Look Ma, top of the world!" Roll credits. The Bush administration wraps it all up - mass murder solved, many other murders and loose ends also tied up.

              The almost forgotten "dead or alive" hunt for bin Laden is also dead. "The Sheikh" may languish forever in a mythic dusty cave in Waziristan or Kunar. What would he be charged with (in absentia) in the spanking-new US$125 million air-con US courthouse in Guantanamo - accessory to the fact? There remains a slight problem. Super-terrorist KSM may never see the light of day again, but the top jihadis he has taught - probably in the dozens - are lurking in the shadows, ready to inflict blowback to kingdom come.

              Hardcore Salafi-jihadis don't break under torture - in fact their boot camp teaches them to turn an interrogation on itself and tell interrogators exactly what they want to hear. KSM is wily enough to have engineered a last laugh - attributing to himself a catalogue of horrors as a diversionist tactic while globalized Salafi-jihadis, the post-KSM generation, keep slouching toward Baghdad to be born.

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              • #8
                Anthony D'Amato:

                Students of the Stalinist purges of the 1930s will recall the astounding confessions made in open court by the accused persons. They had been severely tortured over weeks and months. But they showed up in court without external marks of torture. With all apparent voluntariness, they admitted subverting the Five-Year Plans that would have provided the Soviet people with necessary food items. They sabotaged factories, making sure the production lines were inefficient. They managed to import inferior metals so that Soviet tanks and automobiles would fall apart after a few months’ use. They infiltrated the Soviet Army and through dint of their persuasiveness, convinced the foot soldier that it was absurd to risk his life defending a dictatorial government. In short these accused persons, briefly in court on their way to the firing squad, took responsibility for everything that had gone wrong for the past two decades in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

                So why is it today that no one draws the connection between the Soviet purge trials and the confession of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed? Mohammed said that he had been tortured by his American captors. No one contradicted his assertion. Then he went on, with a straight and sincere face, to take responsibility for a long list of crimes recently perpetrated.

                Mr. Mohammed personally decapitated “the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan,” he testified. He must have been on an overnight flight from South Korea, where he personally identified targets “such as American military bases and a few night clubs frequented by American soldiers.” Perhaps it was on that flight that he planned the “Shoe Bomber Operation to down two American airplanes.”

                The busy Mr. Mohammed planned, financed, surveyed, trained, and followed up the operations to destroy American military vessels and oil tankers in the Straits of Hormuz, the Straits of Gibralter, the Port of Singapore, and the Panama Canal. On a side trip to the Philippines, he masterminded the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II.

                What about the Big One, namely, the crash into the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11? Mr. Mohammed was responsible “from A to Z,” he said. He also was responsible for the earlier attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.

                This person really got around; you’ve got to give him credit for that. Maybe he had a job as a chef aboard Air Force One; he didn’t say. But he did manage to get all the way to Bali, Indonesia, where he supervised the infamous nightclub bombing that killed many British and Australian nationals.

                At least he was arrested before he managed to carry out a few of his plans, such as assassinating President Carter (Mohammed surveyed and financed this assassination plan), and blowing up Library Tower in California, the Sears Tower in Chicago, several suspension bridges in New York, Heathrow Airport in London, the Canary Wharf Building, New York Stock Exchange, the Plaza Bank in Washington State, and last but not least, the Empire State Building in New York City. It’s a good thing the latter was averted as it would have drained all the drama out of the remake of King Kong.

                Anything else you want to say for yourself, Mr. Mohammed? Why yes, he replies. Don’t forget my responsibility for the Filka Island Operation in Kuwait that killed two American soldiers, the destruction of numerous nightclubs in Thailand, planning the destruction of buildings in the Israeli city of Elat by using Saudi airplanes, planning and financing for the destruction of American embassies in Indonesia, Australia, and Japan, the bombing of the hotel in Mombasa that is frequented by Jewish travelers, and planning, surveying and financing to hit several nuclear power plants in the United States. And . . .

                O.K., Mr. Mohammed, just ask your lawyer to hand over the complete list. Do you have any explanations for the Court?

                Yes, “not I’m making myself hero when I said I was responsible for this or that. If America they want to invade Iraq they will not send for Saddam roses or kisses, they send a bombardment. This is the best way if I want. I’m American enemies.”

                It gives me a warm feeling that these proceedings took place on board U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with the Review Tribunal made up of a Captain from the United States Navy, Lieutenant Colonels from the United States Air Force and Marine Corps, and a Gunnery Sergeant as Reporter (all names redacted). A confession before a tribunal is the best evidence of guilt, isn’t it? Whether it’s Guantanamo Bay or the Gulag Archipelago.

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                • #9
                  On Wednesday night, I was at the Village Synagogue in Manhattan showing HBO’s film The Journalist and Jihadi about the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl. The film, which I worked on as a contributing producer/consultant, concludes by linking al Qaeda’s #3 operative, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to his shocking videtaped slaughter by beheading.

                  On Thursday, the US government released portions of the transcript of an interview with “enemy combatant” Mohammed in which he admitted for the first time killing Pearl.

                  In a grisly disclosure, a man who is now being described as "one of history's most infamous terrorists" claimed, according to Agence France Press, “to have beheaded US journalist Daniel Pearl…with my blessed right hand,” according to a transcript released by the Pentagon.” This act alone enables him to supersede the infamy of Carlos “the Jackal.”

                  Interestingly, he said, Pearl’s murder was not an Al Qaeda operation, a distinction that may be lost on American readers who were mesmerized by his frightening admissions.

                  In overseas media, his Pearl connection is being associated with the Islamacist campaign in Kashmir, not Pakistan or Afghanistan. A British-born citizen, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, was is profiled in the film, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani court for Pearl’s murder in June 2002, but has appealed the verdict.

                  What do we make of this public disclosure of Mohammad’s “confession?” It comes at a time when a growing scandal in the Justice Department and setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan has the Bush Administration reeling. The claims that this larger than life, almost comic book “superterrorist” has made certainly adds weight to the War on Terror and Bush’s campaign to hunt down and kill those responsible for 9/11.

                  Getting the “mastermind” was a big “get” when it happened and his revelations certainly have positioned him to joining world’s worst list. (It was the Pakistanis who got him, not the super sleuths of the CIA) The Guardian reported that his long list of terror operations — most of which failed — were greeted “with shock and skepticism in almost equal measure.” The New York Times downplayed their concerns near the end of their story on page A23 saying matter of factly, “It is not clear how many of Mr. Mohammed’s expansive claims were legitimate.” Note the word “expansive".

                  An American editor wrote to me, “I am deeply troubled by the reports of Mohammed's confession. It strikes me that it is a tidy resolution to a much larger problem. How convenient that we have all the questions answered in one somewhat disheveled package. Considering that the confession was obtained through torture, and the number of studies that have shown that information obtained in that matter is unreliable (although politically expedient), what have we really learned? Is it overly cynical to think that this administration so desperately needs a win that this is being trotted out?

                  And what of the nefarious Osama Bin Laden? Does this mean that he wasn't involved, if Mohammed was the "mastermind" and orchestrated everything from "A to Z." (By the way, interesting use of the American vernacular - I wonder who the translator is?).”

                  Mark Denbeaux, a Seton Hall University law professor who represented two Tunisians held at Guantánamo Bay, said "The government has finally brought someone into Gitmo who apparently admits to being someone who could be called an enemy combatant. "None of the others rise to this level. The government has now got one." He says he may be the only one!

                  But what have they got? Reports the Guardian, “critics of both the interrogation methods used at the camp and the exclusion of independent observers from the hearings today dismissed the confessions.” (Note: the Press was also excluded which is suspicious as well).

                  “Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, questioned the legality of both the hearing and the confession, and said the suspect's claims could be tainted by torture.

                  "We won't know that unless there is an independent hearing," Mr Roth said. "We need to know if this purported confession would be enough to convict him at a fair trial or would it have to be suppressed as the fruit of torture?"

                  Khalid has been a secretive mystery man, and at the same time, a publicity hound which raises some issues about who this terrible terrorist really is.

                  According to a 2003 Guardian report, “He was reported to have been killed in Karachi in a bloody shootout with Pakistani security forces on September 11, 2002 There is even doubt over his nationality. Some say he is Pakistani, others that he is a Kuwaiti. Certainly, though, he does appear to be of Pakistani origin, probably Baloch, and raised in Kuwait. He is thought to have been in Pakistan for about two-and-a-half years, well before September 11, 2001.

                  How did they find him? Great police work? Bombing "them" back to the stone age? Nope. They saw him on TV.

                  “Pakistani and US intelligence officials were alerted to his presence in the country when he gave an interview to the Qatar-based al-Jazeera television station shortly before the first anniversary of September 11. On the strength of intercepted communications through ordinary mobile phones as well as satellite telephones, the net closed on Khalid.”

                  Wait, there’s more about this larger than life part-killer and amateur historian who compares himself to George Washington for American consumption!

                  Writes Dr Rohan Gunaratna, author of Inside al-Qaida: Global Network of Terror:

                  “Although Mohammed insists that he is a believer, he is not a strict Muslim, and while the September hijackers lived in cheap lodgings, he stayed in plush hotels. In contrast to the spartan lifestyle of Osama bin Laden and his followers, he was flamboyant, spent lavishly, and is known to joke with colleagues to ease the pressure on him and on them.

                  In the Philippines. he was a frequent visitor to Manila's red light district, including its karaoke bars and mirrored go-go clubs, where he introduced himself to women as a wealthy businessman from Qatar. Mohammed's womanizing included phoning a dentist and telling her: "Look out of the window and look up.”

                  What she saw was Mohammed and his nephew and protege Ramzi Ahmed Yousef waving from a helicopter hovering above her clinic and displaying a banner saying "I love you.”

                  Is this for real or a segment on “24?” Is there a private joke here we are not getting? (Bear in mind that Ramzi and KSM’s “Bojinka” plans preceded 9/11 and were downplayed by the intelligence geniuses here.

                  He seems ostentatious and self-promotional enough to rate a movie of his own, and no doubt several are now in development. Hollywood can’t pass up a character like him, an authentic “bad guy” who is said to "think big," and conceptualize grand designs and blueprints. Who knows, he may get his own show. Can you imagine his “exclusive” interview with Diane Sawyer or Bill O’Reilly?

                  KSM knew how to play his role as mastermind extraordinaire, says a terror expert: “A master of disguise, he often tinted his hair, using wigs, sporting beards and moustache, and wearing glasses. He wore Asian or western clothes, spoke very good English and moved about frequently.” If this description of his English is accurate, what do we make of the convoluted language in his alleged “confession?”

                  If there isn’t a screenwriter behind this now, there might as well be. It’s been five years since 9/11, four from the start of the Iraq war. We are being told that Al Qaeda has been totally rebuilt, that Afghanistan is on a new boil, and that the surge is not surging.

                  So what can we believe? Do we trust the Pentagon and its intelligence through water-boarding program? Will KSM’s well publicized “confession” really dampen all the 9/11 rumors? Will it win back the Administration’s credibility? Will it really damage Al Qaeda’s capacity to cause more damage with its reported cells in 98 countries? Unfortunately, it won’t bring Danny Pearl back.

                  Is this show just more “show” and tell? How many Hail Mary’s will his confession result in? Will his eventual execution make our world any safer?

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                  • #10
                    Two senators who observed last week's closed military proceedings against al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed called for an investigation into allegations that the accused planner of the September 11 attacks was physically abused while in CIA custody.

                    Mohammed told the tribunal last Saturday that he had been mistreated during three years in CIA custody before his transfer to Guantanamo Bay, and he submitted a written description of the alleged abuse. The military panel immediately classified the submission and redacted from transcripts details of Mohammed's treatment in the CIA's secret prison program.

                    According to one portion of the transcript made public earlier this week, however, Mohammed told the panel of three unnamed military officers that his children had been held for four months and abused during his incarceration.

                    "Allegations of prisoner mistreatment must be taken seriously and properly investigated. To do otherwise would reflect poorly on our nation," Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Michigan), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-South Carolina), a committee member, said in a statement issued yesterday.

                    The military officer who presided over the hearing promised to forward the allegations for investigation, and a U.S. official said that they had been sent to the CIA's inspector general.

                    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday that his deputy, Gordon England, was present at Mohammed's hearing last Saturday at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

                    Gates, who was returning from Central Command headquarters in Florida yesterday, told reporters on his flight that he had read the redacted transcript of Mohammed's hearing and had spoken to England about it. Gates said England described Mohammed as calm, giving laconic answers to the tribunal before speaking politely of the terrorist acts he claims to have committed.

                    "There was no doubt in [England's] mind that this guy meant every word he said," Gates said. "It really was a fresh reminder of the kind of threat that we're facing." Gates said he did not know whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty should the case go to a military commission, but he said, "One would hope so."

                    The CIA maintains that it does not torture prisoners but has refused to describe what acts it considers to be torture and has not divulged the interrogation techniques it uses against detainees.

                    Levin and Graham did not challenge the secret nature of Mohammed's hearing or the classification of his allegations of abuse. But they, along with Gates and others, said they were convinced that he was telling the truth during the hearing.

                    Mohammed claimed responsibility for more than 30 terrorism plots, including the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, whom Mohammed said he beheaded.

                    "It was apparent to us," the senators wrote in their statement, that Mohammed "wanted to use the tribunal process to detail his role in 9/11 and many other terror plots and to record for history the part he has played in a war that he has unabashedly waged." Mohammed "views himself as a warrior, motivated by religious teachings, and seeks his place in history."

                    The two senators helped write legislation codifying the Combatant Status Review Tribunals. Yesterday they offered no new details on the content of the hearing but said they were impressed with "the professionalism and demeanor of the tribunal." Mohammed was denied an attorney for the hearing, which was called to establish whether he qualifies as an enemy combatant. Evidence was withheld from him, and the military panel rejected his request to call two witnesses - also at Guantanamo - to corroborate assertions that nearly half of the military's case against him is false.

                    "The true test of the CSRT process is not a case in which the detainee admits the allegations against him, it is a case in which the detainee disputes those allegations. Judicial review of the tribunals is ongoing," the two senators wrote. "We will continue to review the process and will explore possible ways to improve this process through Congressional action," they wrote.

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                    • #11
                      He also confessed to targeting the plazza bank , not kidding , the bank was built in 2006 a few years AFTER he was captured . he was certainly busy travelling the world .
                      Friendship

                      [60:8] GOD does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. GOD loves the equitable.

                      [60:9] GOD enjoins you only from befriending those who fight you because of religion, evict you from your homes, and band together with others to banish you. You shall not befriend them. Those who befriend them are the transgressors

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                      • #12

                        WASHINGTON, April 19, 2009 (Reuters) - CIA interrogators used the waterboarding technique on Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the admitted planner of the September 11 attacks, 183 times and 83 times on another al Qaeda suspect, The New York Times said on Sunday.

                        The Times said a 2005 Justice Department memorandum showed that Abu Zubaydah, the first prisoner questioned in the CIA's overseas detention program in August 2002, was waterboarded 83 times, although a former CIA officer had told news media he had been subjected to only 35 seconds underwater before talking.

                        President Barack Obama has banned the use of waterboarding, overturning a Bush administration policy that it did not constitute torture.

                        The Justice Department memo said the simulated drowning technique was used on Mohammed 183 times in March 2003. The Times said some copies of the memos appeared to have the number of waterboardings redacted while others did not.

                        The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating the CIA interrogation program, which under President George W. Bush also included slamming prisoners into walls, shackling them in uncomfortable positions and depriving them of sleep.

                        Bush administration officials had claimed such methods were needed to get information but the repeated use of the waterboard on Zubaydah and Mohammed were sure to raise questions about its effectiveness.

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                        • #13
                          if i was waterboarded 183 times i'd say i was obl

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                          • #14
                            this is sickening

                            we have neighbors who are believing all this BS information that american media is feeding them
                            It seems as if one fails to conceive
                            The meaning my name strives to achieve

                            To a biological form you cannot relate-
                            Because a reproductive cell is a gamete not gamate!

                            It means to unite, -to become consolidated
                            So without me in a.com, is there hope we'd be amalgamated?

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                            • #15

                              WASHINGTON, January 31, 2010 -- The Obama administration said Sunday it would consider local opposition when deciding where to hold September 11 terror trials and pledged to seek swift justice for the professed mastermind of the attacks. "Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is going to meet justice and he's going to meet his maker," said President Barack Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs. "He will be brought to justice and he's likely to be executed for the heinous crimes that he committed in killing and masterminding the killing of 3,000 Americans. That you can be sure of." Objections from New York City officials and residents have intensified since the Justice Department announced late last year it planned to put Mohammed and other accused September 11 conspirators on trial in federal court in lower Manhattan. In its new budget, the Obama administration is proposing a $200 million fund to help pay for security costs in cities hosting terrorist trials. White House aide David Axelrod said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials have changed their minds after initially supporting the decision for trials in the city, citing logistics and costs. "The president believes that we need to take into consideration what the local authorities are saying," Axelrod said. "But he also believes ... that we ought to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and all others who are involved in terrorist acts to justice swift and sure."

                              Safety and cost have been issues in the debate, but some officials also have questioned the administration's legal strategy for using civilian courts for the suspects instead of military tribunals. Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, said the administration should shift the trials to military courts, which he said have been reviewed by Congress to ensure fairness. He and other Republicans have criticized officials for charging Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in civilian court in the Christmas airliner plot instead of turning him over to military authorities. "We have to make a distinction between a kid who breaks into a sandwich shop in Detroit and a Nigerian terrorist who wants to blow up an airplane flying into Detroit," Alexander said. Senator Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, indicated he didn't support the request for $200 million for civilian trials, saying he favored trying terrorism suspects safely, quickly and inexpensively. "If there's somewhere we can try them without spending that money, why spend the money? We've got a lot of other fiscal problems," Bayh said. Gibbs spoke on CNN's State of the Union while Axelrod appeared on NBC's Meet the Press. Alexander and Bayh spoke on Fox News Sunday.

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