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Khalid Sheik Mohammed: Not the Confession We Needed, Exactly

Posted in 9/11, George W. Bush, News, News and politics, Terrorism, War on terror by Curtis on 3/15/07

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In case you haven’t heard, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, Gitmo’s most illustrious inmate, is reported to have confessed to masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001 “from A to Z.” Additionally, Mohammed’s statement is said to connect him to dozens of other actual or planned terrorist attacks throughout the past fifteen years, including a plan to assassinate former U.S. president Bill Clinton.

The confession came in a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon released the transcript on Wednesday. It should be noted that the proceedings which produced this confession were not conducted on U.S. soil according to Constitutional due process.

MSNBC reports:

WASHINGTON – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, confessed to that attack and a chilling string of other terror plots during a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a transcript released Wednesday by the Pentagon.

“I was responsible for the 9/11 operation from A to Z,” Mohammed said in a statement read during the session, which was held last Saturday.

The transcripts also refer to a claim by Mohammed that he was tortured by the CIA, although he said he was not under duress at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo when he confessed to his role in the attacks.

Frankly, I really don’t see what all the fanfare is about. Personally, I would be much more appreciative of the following confessions from the Bush administration:

  • Abnormal passivity in the handling of events surrounding the attacks of September 11, 2001 (NORAD, anyone?)
  • Exploitation of the attacks of September 11, 2001 to justify internationally illegal, unilateral invasions-for-profit of Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Exploitation of the attacks of September 11, 2001 to pass the so-called “Patriot Act,” perhaps the grossest, most obtuse, and most surreptitious infringements of civil liberties in U.S. history
  • Gross misuse of U.S. taxpayer funds, escalation of an extraorbitant national debt that will be financed by future generations, and misrepresentation of the will of the American people

Of course, we’d be likely to get those confessions only under duress.


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  2. in2thefray said, on 3/15/07 at 12:37 pm

    Interesting Blog…Norad was originally designed to watch Soviet bombers come to NA as US bombers went the other way. It evolved into the location where generals would survive nuclear carnage. With that said it unfortunately does not “watch” civilian air traffic as a rule and was active that day in initiating the combat air cover over domestic airspace. Kofi won’t ever agree but the UN wrote the blueprint that allowed the invasion of Iraq. As far as Afghanistan international norms fail in the presence of realpolitik and realism. Supported elements within a sovereign nation unfortunately prescribed the actions of the US upon their host. 3200 plus and multi billions do not make war for profit. Lastly do you seriously think the average citizen is ever affected by the Patriot Act ?

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