Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Shuffle

The Washington Post, reports this evening that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to masterminding al-Quaida's terrorist attack on 9/11. According to the article,

“Mohammed claimed responsibility for planning, financing and training others for attacks ranging from the 1993 truck bombing of the World Trade Center to the attempt by would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes. And he also claimed that he was tortured by the CIA after his capture in 2003.”
Mohamed certainly deserves a special place in hell for the blood on his hands. I am curious about this conversation described by the Washington Post:

“During an exchange with Mohammed, the military colonel who heads the three-member panel asked about allegations that the al-Qaida leader was tortured by the CIA.

‘Is any statement that you made, was it because of this treatment, to use your word, you claim torture,’ the colonel asked. ‘Do you make any statements because of that?’

Portions of Mohammed's response were deleted from the transcript, and his answer was unclear. He later said that his lengthy confession to the Guantanamo hearing was given without any pressure, threats or duress. The colonel said that Mohammed's torture allegations would be ‘reported for any investigation that may be appropriate’ and also would be taken into account in consideration of his enemy combatant status.”
Does anyone with an IQ over 80 believe a word of that? And didn't the entire world already know Mohammed "masterminded" these attacks? It’s diversion time at the White House again. A transparent and sophmoric attempt to knock embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales off the front page. Where’s Tom Ridge and his pathetic color coding scheme when you need him?

1 comment:

Nelson said...

I guess this means that torture is a worthwhile tactic in the 'war on terror' and that we don't have to catch bin Laden, because we caught the 'actual' mastermind...