Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Amy Goodman Calls Hicks Trial "Kangaroo Court," But Not KSM Confession

Amy Goodman has published a piece on AlterNet calling the trial of Australian David Hicks a "kangaroo court," but there was no similar condemnation just weeks ago when the alleged KSM confession was released. How is Hicks, according to the title of her essay, the "first victim" of Guantanamo? About Hicks, Goodman writes:

"The case of Hicks offers us a glimpse into the Kafkaesque netherworld of detentions, kidnappings, torture and show trials that is now, internationally, the shameful signature of the Bush administration. Hicks' passage through this sham process affords us all an opportunity to demand the closure of Guantanamo and an end to these heinous policies."

All of this is true. It is a "sham process" built on "heinous policies." But why no similar denunciation when KSM was allegedly dragged before a military tribunal? We have no reason to believe KSM is in custody, and if in custody we have no reason to believe his tortured confession. But clearly Goodman is emboldened because Hicks is white and not attached to 9/11 in any way. She writes:

Excellent Dutch analysis of the KSM confession

Was it Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who confessed responsibility for 9/11? -

(visit the original for a hyperlinked version)
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
By Daan de Wit

The Dutch in the original article has been translated into English by Ben Kearney

The confessions made by KSM while taking responsibility for the planning of more than thirty attacks raise the following question: Was it Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who confessed responsibility for 9/11? And while considering the coverage of Mohammed, still more questions arise, such as: Was he ever extradited to the U.S.? And is he still actually alive?

Shake, Mohammed

Shake, Mohammed

© Michael D. Morrissey March 20, 2007

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Rockin' rollin', rattlin', mov'in, shakin'
incredible breath-taking, belief-defying mastermind,
the one and only Perpetrator, Mother of All Crimes,
'tis I, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,
the most powerful superman of all mankind,
able to crush tall buildings with a single plane
faster than the FAA and NORAD,
more powerful than the US Air Force,
able to pulverize tall buildings with a single plane

and another one with no plane at all.

Rosie: Was 9/11 inside job to protect Enron?


Monday, March 19, 2007

Rosie: Was 9/11 inside job to protect Enron?
Blog suggests destruction of federal investigations factor in terror attacks

Posted: March 19, 2007
5:00 p.m. Eastern

© 2007

Was the World Trade Center brought down deliberately on Sept. 11, 2001, for the purpose of – are you ready for this? – eliminating records of government investigations into corporate fraud? That's the implication of a blog posting by Rosie O'Donnell about the worst terror attack in American history.

In her March 15 posting, titled "wtc7," on her blog, the controversial TV personality and co-host of ABC's popular "The View" morning show, starts off by recounting popular conspiracy "factoids" regarding the World Trade Center's Building No. 7, which collapsed after the two larger "twin towers" fell.

O'Donnell writes:

* The fires in WTC 7 were not evenly distributed, so a perfect collapse was impossible.

* Silverstein said to the fire department commander "the smartest thing to do is pull it."

The latest from Kevin Barrett on KSM

This is the latest from Kevin Barrett:


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Wants to Slay Us!

by Kevin "Irish Muslim" Barrett

(as-salaamu alaikum and a top o' the marnin' to ye on this fine St. Paddy's day)

The 9/11 Commission Report is not a Report at all, but a spy novel by a certain Dr. Philip Zelikow.* Zelikow, a self-proclaimed specialist in "the creation and maintenance of public myths," offers plenty of footnotes but very little evidence to support his official version of events.

If you track down Zelikow's footnotes, you'll see that virtually the entire official story about the alleged "Muslim extremist hijackers" is based on a single, highly unreliable source: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM). Zelikow tells us that KSM was arrested in Pakistan in 2003, and his subsequent interrogation by US officials is the source of most of the "19 extremist hijackers" tale.

One little problem: There is no evidence that KSM was ever arrested, and lots of evidence that the whole story of his "arrest" was bogus.

As Paul Thompson points out in his Complete 9/11 Timeline:

March 10, 2003: Dubious Arrest Video Raises Question of KSM-ISI

Rosie defends 9/11 mastermind/Suggests U.S. tortured, 'robbed him of humanity' to get false confession


Thursday, March 15, 2007


Rosie defends 9/11 mastermind
Suggests U.S. tortured, 'robbed him of humanity' to get false confession

Posted: March 15, 2007
5:16 p.m. Eastern

© 2007

(Rosie O'Donnell discussing Khalid Sheik Mohammed's confession. Photo: Media Research Council)

Rosie O'Donnell, hosting ABC's popular "The View" morning show, came to the defense of terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed today, suggesting the government elicited a false confession from the 9/11 mastermind by using torture, robbing him of his humanity and treating him like an animal.

A transcript of Mohammed's confession to 31 terrorist attacks was released today, but O'Donnell argued it came only after having a "hood on his head and being beaten to death."

The hood was a reference to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq in which U.S. military personnel were punished for humiliating prisoners.

Witnesses to KSM's confession?

According to a Boston Herald story, KSM's alleged military hearing had witnesses.

Rosie O'Donnell, Paul Steiger Are Skeptical About Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Rosie O'Donnell knows the official account of 9/11 is a joke. She discusses WTC7 at length on her blog and now doubts the veracity of KSM's "confession" on The View. Go Rosie! But get ready for an onslaught against Rosie in the coming months. They will try to silence her, make her seem nuts or get her kicked off The View. From The Huffington Post:

Rosie O'Donnell, Paul Steiger Are Skeptical About Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Rachel Sklar | Posted Thursday March 15, 2007 at 05:16 PM

Yesterday, news broke that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, lieutenant of Osama bin Laden, had confessed to masterminding and committing a long list of terrorist acts, including 9/11, the Bali bombing, and the violent murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. He also led plots to assassinate Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and the Pope. Mohammed, who has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2003, said that his confessions had not been made under duress. Still, he confessed to a whole lot of stuff. Which has made some people raise an eyebrow.

One of those people was Rosie O'Donnell on The View, who seemed troubled by his long period of captivity and more than a bit skeptical:

I think the man has been in custody of the American government, in secret CIA torture prisons in
Guantanamo Bay, where torture is accepted and allowed, and he finally is the guy who admits to doing everything. They finally found the guy. It's not that guy bin Laden. It's this guy they've had since '93. And look, this is the picture they released of him. Doesn't he look healthy?

Why KSM's Confession Rings False

Thursday, Mar. 15, 2007
Why KSM's Confession Rings False
By Robert Baer

It's hard to tell what the Pentagon's objective really is in releasing the transcript of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession. It certainly suggests the Administration is trying to blame KSM for al-Qaeda terrorism, leading us to believe we've caught the master terrorist and that al-Qaeda, and especially the ever-elusive bin Laden, is no longer a threat to the U.S.

But there is a major flaw in that marketing strategy. On the face of it, KSM, as he is known inside the government, comes across as boasting, at times mentally unstable. It's also clear he is making things up. I'm told by people involved in the investigation that KSM was present during Wall Street Journal correspondent Danny Pearl's execution but was in fact not the person who killed him. There exists videotape footage of the execution that minimizes KSM's role. And if KSM did indeed exaggerate his role in the Pearl murder, it raises the question of just what else he has exaggerated, or outright fabricated.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Dead Man Confesses to Being 9/11 Mastermind

According to news reports, alleged al-Qaeda "mastermind" Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has now confessed to having planned the 9/11 attacks. Last Saturday (March 10), he supposedly told a tribunal panel of three military officers and a government-provided representative: "I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z. I was the operational director for Sheikh Osama bin Laden for the organising, planning, follow-up and execution of the 9/11 operation." This was not all. In fact, he supposedly confessed (though not under oath) to involvement in a total of 31 attacks or planned attacks, including the 1993 WTC bombing and the 2002 Bali bombing.

However, there is one rather large problem with this story: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was reportedly killed on September 11, 2002, during an hours-long shootout with Pakistani security forces. Intelligence officials had supposedly tracked him down to an apartment in the southern part of Karachi. FBI and Pakistani ISI officials then surrounded the building, and were joined by hundreds of police vehicles and Pakistan Rangers.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: I was behind 9/11, transcript says

Here is the PDF transcripts of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Faraj al-Libi and Ramzi Binalshibh (in that order):

Source of article (and link to CNN video of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed):

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: I was behind 9/11, transcript says

Story Highlights

• Transcript is from Saturday hearing at Guantanamo; released by Pentagon
• Mohammed: "I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z"
• Transcript says he's responsible for other attacks, including Bali bombing
• Mohammed is among 14 prisoners identified by U.S. as "high value"

From Mike Mount

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has admitted responsibility for the 9/11 attacks and a catalog of other terrorist acts, according to an edited transcript of a tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Al-Qaida No. 3 says he planned 9/11

Here is the most recent news on this subject:


Published: Thursday, March 15, 2007

Al-Qaida No. 3 says he planned 9/11

By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confirmed his notoriety as al-Qaida's most ambitious operational planner when, according to military transcripts, he confessed to planning and supporting 31 terrorist attacks, topped by 9/11, that killed thousands of innocent victims since the early 1990s.

The gruesome attacks range from the suicide hijackings of Sept. 11, 2001 — which killed nearly 3,000 — to a 2002 shooting on an island off Kuwait that killed a U.S. Marine.

Many plots, including a previously undisclosed plan to kill several former U.S. presidents, were never carried out or were foiled by international counterterror authorities.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed "Confesses" to 9/11

The folks who routinely torture prisoners and hold secret trials -- and bar all lawyers and reporters from even being in the courtroom -- are saying that KSM has confessed to 9/11. These folks wouldn't lie to us, would they?

The Reuters story can be found here.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks on the United States, has claimed responsibility for those and other major al Qaeda attacks, according to the transcript of a hearing at Guantanamo Bay released on Wednesday.

"I was responsible for the 9/11 Operation, from A to Z," said Mohammed, speaking through a personal representative, according to the transcript of the hearing at the U.S. military prison camp released by the Pentagon.

September 11 suspect gets Guantanamo hearing


Published: Monday, March 12, 2007

September 11 suspect gets Guantanamo hearing

U.S. military officials have held initial hearings for three terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, including the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks on the United States, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said a three-member panel examined the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at a closed hearing on Saturday at the U.S. military prison camp on Cuba.

Mohammed is among 14 prisoners identified by U.S. authorities as "high-value" terrorism suspects and transferred to Guantanamo last September from secret CIA prisons abroad.

The hearings to determine whether the suspects meet U.S. authorities' definition of an enemy combatant began on Friday, the Pentagon said.

The cases of two suspects -- Ramzi bin al Shaibah, a Yemeni also accused of involvement in the September 11 attacks, and alleged senior al Qaeda figure Abu Faraj al Libi of Libya -- were examined on Friday, Whitman said.

KSM Hearings Begin Today

Hearing begins for suspected 9/11 mastermind

By Richard Holt
Last Updated: 9:05am GMT 09/03/2007

Hearings begin today at Guantanamo Bay for a group of 14 terrorist suspects including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged September 11 mastermind.

No lawyers or reporters will be present at the hearings so the only account of the outcome will come from the US military.

Also going on before the hearings panels include Abu Zubaydah, a senior aide to Osama bin Laden, and a man known simply as Hambali, who is alleged to have orchestrated the 2002 Bali bombings.

The detainees were transferred to the US detention centre in Cuba in September after spending years held in secret CIA prisons.

The suspects will go before "combatant status review" panels of three military officers who will decide whether they should continue to be held as "enemy combatants" at Guantanamo.

A Pentagon spokesman said the hearings were closed to prevent classified information from leaking.