The Washington Post has an interesting article supporting the contention that harsh interrogation techniques such as sleep deprivation and waterboarding resulted in valuable intelligence from 9/11 attack planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: How a Detainee Became An Asset.
These scenes provide previously unpublicized details about the transformation of the man known to U.S. officials as KSM from an avowed and truculent enemy of the United States into what the CIA called its “preeminent source” on al-Qaeda. This reversal occurred after Mohammed was subjected to simulated drowning and prolonged sleep deprivation, among other harsh interrogation techniques.
“KSM, an accomplished resistor, provided only a few intelligence reports prior to the use of the waterboard, and analysis of that information revealed that much of it was outdated, inaccurate or incomplete,” according to newly unclassified portions of a 2004 report by the CIA’s then-inspector general released Monday by the Justice Department.
According to some estimates, at least 10 percent of the Al Qaeda terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay immediately return to the jihad, and here’s the latest example: Report: Ex-Gitmo detainee joins al-Qaida in Yemen.
CAIRO, Egypt – A Saudi man released from Guantanamo after spending nearly six years inside the U.S. prison camp is now the No. 2 of Yemen’s al-Qaida branch, according to a purported Internet statement from the terror network.
The announcement, made this week on a Web site commonly used by militants, came as President Barack Obama ordered the detention facility closed within a year. Many of the remaining detainees are from Yemen, which has long posed a vexing terrorism problem for the U.S.
The terror group’s Yemen branch — known as “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula” — said the man, identified as Said Ali al-Shihri, returned to his home in Saudi Arabia after his release from Guantanamo about a year ago and from there went to Yemen, which is Osama bin Laden’s ancestral home.
On his first day in office, Barack Obama is preparing to keep one of his promises to the international left: Draft order calls for closing Guantanamo Bay.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Obama administration circulated a draft executive order Wednesday that calls for closing the controversial detention center at Guantanamo Bay within a year and halting any war crimes trials in the meantime.
Closing the facility in Cuba “would further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice,” read the draft prepared for the new president’s signature.
While some of the detainees currently held at Guantanamo would be released, others would be transferred elsewhere and later put on trial under terms to be determined.
Obama advisers are on the news channels today telling us this is going to restore America’s moral standing in the world. Good luck with that.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is apparently planning to make a full confession in his Guantanamo tribunal in hopes of getting the death penalty.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four co-defendants told a military judge Monday they want to immediately confess at their war-crimes tribunal, setting up likely guilty pleas and their possible executions.
The five said they decided on Nov. 4, the day President-elect Barack Obama was elected to the White House, to abandon all defenses against the capital charges. It was as if they wanted to rush toward convictions before the inauguration of Obama, who has vowed to end the war-crimes trials and close Guantanamo.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and two others said they would postpone entering pleas until the military determines their two co-defendants are mentally competent. “We want everyone to plead together,” he said.
Mohammed and another defendant have said they would welcome execution as a path to martyrdom…
As we know, last week Al Qaeda terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed complained in his court appearance that the sketch artist had made his nose too big. So in the interest of accuracy, 23/6 sent a very talented artist to do a better likeness of KSM.
Khalid Sheikh wants us to kill him: The Associated Press: Accused 9/11 mastermind wants death sentence.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said Thursday that he would welcome the death penalty for his confessed role as mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“Yes, this is what I wish, to be a martyr for a long time,” Mohammed told a military judge who warned that he faces execution if convicted of organizing the attacks on America. “I will, God willing, have this, by you.”
But please, whatever you do, not the panties on the head!
KSM has been allowed to get his radical Islamic sheikh thing going on while in captivity; he’s been provided with the traditional clothes and allowed to grow his beard to a ridiculous length. Because we wouldn’t want to be insensitive to the murdering monster, would we?
The Pentagon is filing charges against six of the terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: US to seek death penalty in 9/11 case.
As I write, the Washington press corps is relentlessly grilling the Pentagon spokesman about waterboarding and torture, asking the same questions over and over. Of course.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is charging six detainees at Guantanamo Bay with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 terror attacks on America, and will seek the death penalty.
Military prosecutors will ask for the death penalty for the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans, according to a second official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the charges had not been announced.
Among those held at Guantanamo is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the attack six years ago in which hijacked planes were flown into buildings in New York and Washington. Five others are expected to be named in sworn charges.
“The department has been working diligently to prepare cases and bring charges against a number of individuals who have been involved in some of the most grievous acts of violence and terror against the United States and our allies,” Whitman said.
Newly released transcripts of hearings at Guantanamo Bay show that Al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to a stunning range of terrorist plots, including September 11 and plans to assassinate former presidents Clinton and Carter: Pentagon Says Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Admits to Responsibility for Sept. 11 Attacks. (Hat tip: JammieWearingFool.)
New transcripts released by the Pentagon show that the man considered to be the chief mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has admitted he is responsible for the terrorist attacks from “a to z”.
Mohammed has also acknowledged being responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, as well as other attempted terrorist attacks around the world in the years since.
The confessions come from a transcript of a hearing held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Saturday in which the Al Qaeda terrorist also acknowledged a plot to assassinate Bill Clinton while the former president was visiting the Philippines in 1994. The transcripts also show Mohammed admitted to plotting the October 2002 terrorist attack in Bali, Indonesia.