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    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Confesses To 9/11 Through A "Personal Representative"

    9/11 Mastermind Confesses in Guantanamo
    9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Confesses in Guantanamo, According to Transcripts

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2952118

    By LOLITA C. BALDOR

    WASHINGTON^Mar 14, 2007^(AP) —^Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, confessed to that attack and a string of others 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 that was read during the session, which was held last Saturday.

    Mohammed claimed responsibility for planning, financing, and training others for bombings ranging from the 1993 attack at 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.

    In all, Mohammed said he was responsible for planning 28 individual attacks, including many that were never executed. The comments were included in a 26-page transcript released by the Pentagon, which blacked out some of his remarks.

    The Pentagon also released transcripts of the hearings of Abu Faraj al-Libi and Ramzi Binalshibh, though Binalshibh refused to attend his session.

    Binalshibh, a Yemeni, is suspected of helping Mohammed with the Sept. 11, 2001, attack plan and is also linked to a foiled plot to crash aircraft into London's Heathrow Airport. Al-Libi is a Libyan who reportedly masterminded two bombings 11 days apart in Pakistan in December 2003 that targeted President Pervez Musharraf for his support of the U.S.-led war on terror.

    The hearings, which began last Friday, are being conducted in secret by the military as it tries to determine whether 14 alleged terrorist leaders should be declared "enemy combatants" who can be held indefinitely and prosecuted by military tribunals.

    Hearings for six of the 14 have already been held. The military is not allowing reporters to attend the sessions and is limiting the information it provides about them, arguing that it wants to prevent sensitive information from being disclosed.

    The 14 were moved in September from a secret CIA prison network to the prison at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, where about 385 men are being held on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban.

    Mohammed's confession was read by a member of the U.S. military who is serving as his personal representative. It also claimed he shared responsibility for three other attacks, including assassination attempts against Pope John Paul II and Musharraf.

    The transcripts also lay out evidence against Mohammed, saying that a computer seized during his capture included detailed information about the Sept. 11 plot ranging from names and photos of the hijackers to photos of hijacker Mohammad Atta's pilot's license and even letters from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

    Al-Libi also made a statement through his personal representative largely claiming that the hearing process is unfair and that he will not attend unless it is corrected.

    "The detainee is in a lose-lose situation," his statement said.

    Binalshibh declined to participate in the process and the hearing was conducted in his absence. Military officials expected some of the 14 suspects not to participate.

    Legal experts have criticized the U.S. decision to bar independent observers from the hearings from the high-value targets. The Associated Press filed a letter of protest, arguing that it would be "an unconstitutional mistake to close the proceedings in their entirety."

    Mark Denbeaux, a Seton Hall University law professor who represents two Tunisians held at Guantanamo, said that based on the transcripts, Mohammed might be the only detainee who would qualify as an enemy combatant.

    "The government has finally brought someone into Gitmo who apparently admits to being someone who could be called an enemy combatant," Denbeaux, a critic of most of the detentions, said in a telephone interview from London. "None of the others rise to this level. The government has now got one."

    The military held 558 combatant status review tribunals between July 2004 and March 2005 and the panels concluded that all but 38 detainees were enemy combatants who should be held. Those 38 were eventually released from Guantanamo.

    On the Net:
    Transcripts for Al Libi and Binalshibh have been posted at: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/CombatantTribunals.html
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    Damn Gold, you beat me to it.

    Yeah, he "Confessed".

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    I don't think he attended, and instead, a "personal representative" read a statement from him? I don't know. That is bullshit.
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    sure, Ron Jeremy's hairier twin brother pulled off 9/11. Let's all congratulate the tireless efforts of the FBI now.


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    Can KSM's Confession Be Believed?

    http://www.time.com/time/nation/arti...599423,00.html

    Thursday, Mar. 15, 2007 By ADAM ZAGORIN/WASHINGTON

    Little in the just released confession of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the presumed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is new. The U.S. government long ago cataloged those alleged crimes based on extensive interrogations of Mohammed and other prisoners held in the CIA's controversial and now liquidated overseas prisons. But the transcripts of Mohammed's hearing — part of proceedings that began last Friday at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — are the first time the U.S. government has made publicly available his personal description of a stunning range of terrorist plots he claims to have had a hand in. These include both the 1993 and 2001 assaults on the World Trade Center, as well as the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Mohammed boasts he had complete or partial participation in 29 terror plots, some of which were never carried out.

    As the transcript portrays him, Mohammed spoke with a meandering elocution before three military officials, with no lawyer but an air force officer by his side serving as a "personal adviser." He came across as an earnest, somewhat chatty mass murderer taking credit for plans to detonate the Panama Canal as well as New York City landmarks like the stock exchange. He also mentions assassination plots directed at former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton as well as Pope John Paul II. Several of the conspiracies he cited, notably the one involving President Carter, have not previously been disclosed.

    Are Mohammed's claims to be believed? He has long been described — notably in The 9/11 Commission Report — as prone to exaggeration and self-aggrandizement, fond of portraying himself as a "superterrorist." The notes to the Commission's conclusions mention the possibility of Mohammed "inflating his own role." He may also be attempting to defend his part in the 9/11 planning against the testimony of other terror suspects. The Commission's notes indicate that, according to another terror chieftain, Abu Zubaydah, Mohammed originally offered Osama bin Laden a more modest proposal for attacking the U.S., but that bin Laden reportedly berated him, saying "Why do you use an ax when you can use a bulldozer?" What's more, Mohammed has also used disinformation in the past. He admitted under previous interrogation that a list of 30 supposed U.S. targets, which he circulated shortly after 9/11, was a lie to exaggerate the scale of al-Qaeda's planning.

    At one point in the transcript, Mohammed compares himself to revolutionaries like George Washington, and concedes that he is an "enemy combatant", his formal U.S. designation and a status that restricts his legal rights. If the British had arrested him during the Revolutionary War, Mohammed said, "for sure they would consider him enemy combatant." One of the ostensible reasons for the current Guantanamo hearings is to determine whether Mohammed and others can be held there indefinitely as "enemy combatants" prior to facing military tribunals that could sentence them death. The hearings at Guantanamo will process 14 "high-value" prisoners brought to Cuba last year shortly before President Bush announced the shut-down of the CIA's overseas secret prisons.

    At another point in the transcript, Mohammed expressed regret for the deaths caused on 9/11, particularly those of children, noting, "I'm not happy that 3,000 been killed in America � I feel sorry even. I don't like to kill children and the kids." He added, "The language of war is victims."

    The Pentagon also issued transcripts of hearings held for two other prisoners: Abu Faraj al-Libi, a Libyan who reputedly organized two bombings in Pakistan in December 2003 aimed at killing President Pervez Musharraf; and Ramzi Binalshibh, who is suspected of helping plan the 9/11 attacks as well as a failed scheme to crash planes into London's Heathrow Airport. Mohammed, who was captured in Pakistan in 2003, was the only one of the alleged terrorists to attend his own hearing. Al-Libi and Binalshibh refused to do so.

    The hearings at Guantanamo, formally known as Combatant Status Review Tribunals, are being conducted without press to avoid the risk of releasing sensitive or classified information. The transcripts released yesterday were heavily redacted. Given that all the prisoners have been in U.S. custody for years, however, many critics believe that the U.S. wants to suppress details of the prisoners' interrogation, which could involve torture, or other mistreatment. Nevertheless, in his transcript, Mohammed alleges that he had been tortured.

    The U.S. has also fought to keep secret the locations of CIA secret prisons where the prisoners including Mohammed were held for fear that any disclosure would greatly embarrass US allies. Press reports have suggested that secret prisons were located in Poland, Thailand, Morocco, Jordan and other locations. Some 385 men are currently being held at Guantanamo; a hunger strike purportedly involving several dozen detainees protesting the conditions of their confinement has been going on for weeks, and possibly since January.

    At a time when the Bush Administration is facing stiff criticism in a variety of domestic scandals as well as for its conduct of the Iraq war, Mohammed's confession has quickly become a focus of cable TV and other media coverage, a reminder of America's ongoing battle against international terrorism. But the attention focussed on Mohammed, thought to be al-Qaeda's third-ranking leader, also underscores the fact that the terrorist organization's chief, Osama bin Laden, and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, remain at large at a time when their former Taliban protectors in Afghanistan are resurgent.
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    The hardest thing to believe here is KSM 'claiming' to have been involved in (or planned) the first WTC attack in 91'. According to the 9/11 Commision report KSM didn't meet with bin Laden and join al-Qaeda until 98'. It just doesn't make sense that this would have been found out just now after all the people who've been arrested since that attack.

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    They forgot to hire a Jack Ruby for this one......ooops.

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    Doesn't quit fit "mastermind". So this is the guy that figured out how to fool a trillion dollar air defense system. HA. LMFAO

    Thumper, before I saw your post I was thinking is this porn star Ron.

    I think the neocons are getting a little worried. I believe the truth movement is gaining a bigger foothold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gold9472
    9/11 Mastermind Confesses in Guantanamo
    9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Confesses in Guantanamo, According to Transcripts

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2952118

    By LOLITA C. BALDOR

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

    ...

    Mohammed's confession was read by a member of the U.S. military who is serving as his personal representative. It also claimed he shared responsibility for three other attacks, including assassination attempts against Pope John Paul II and Musharraf.
    Ever since the story came out, the main headline quote has had me thinking...... Why would KSM say "from A to Z"? Do Pakistanis use the same alphabet as the United States?

    So I did a quick check online. The Arabic alphabet runs from A to Y after being transcripted to the Western alphabet. Z appears somewhere near the middle.

    So then I found out KSM grew up in the Baluchistan region of Pakistan. A majority of this region are Pashtuns, so I'm assuming they follow the Pashto alphabet. I gotta admit, their letters are awful damn confusing to me..... but it looks like their consanants start with some kind of "ts" combination and their first vowel is a schwa ([ə])

    I don't know, anyone else think this is weird? It's supposed to be a transcript of his exact words, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Good Doctor HST
    Ever since the story came out, the main headline quote has had me thinking...... Why would KSM say "from A to Z"? Do Pakistanis use the same alphabet as the United States?

    So I did a quick check online. The Arabic alphabet runs from A to Y after being transcripted to the Western alphabet. Z appears somewhere near the middle.

    So then I found out KSM grew up in the Baluchistan region of Pakistan. A majority of this region are Pashtuns, so I'm assuming they follow the Pashto alphabet. I gotta admit, their letters are awful damn confusing to me..... but it looks like their consanants start with some kind of "ts" combination and their first vowel is a schwa ([?])

    I don't know, anyone else think this is weird? It's supposed to be a transcript of his exact words, right?
    Excellent catch, but someone already caught that on 911Blogger.com...
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