Osama bin Laden fritatt for 911
Posted by Fredsvenn den mai 24, 2008
Deaths: 2,998 (excluding the 19 hijackers)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated that evidence linking Al-Qaeda and bin Laden to the September 11, 2001 attacks is clear and irrefutable. The Government of the United Kingdom reached the same conclusion regarding Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden’s culpability for the September 11, 2001, attacks. Bin Laden initially denied involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks. On 16 September 2001, bin Laden read a statement later broadcast by Qatar‘s Al Jazeera satellite channel denying responsibility for the attack. Bin Laden is reported to have complained as recently as November 2007 of the lack «of evidence admissible in court» tying him and his organization to the 9/11 attack.
However, a «White Paper» by the U.S. government, documenting the case against bin Laden and the Al Qaeda organization concerning the September 11 attacks, publicly promised by Secretary of State Colin Powell, was never published. In 2006, Rex Tomb of the FBI’s public affairs unit said, «The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11″. So far, the U.S. Justice Department has not sought formal criminal charges against bin Laden (or anyone but Zacarias Moussaoui) for the 9/11 attacks.
Thursday, June 17, 2004
”The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday that it has found no «collaborative relationship» between Iraq and al Qaeda, challenging one of the Bush administration’s main justifications for the war in Iraq.”
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, inter alia, and additionally known by at least fifty aliases) is a prisoner in U.S. custody for alleged acts of terrorism, including mass murder of civilians. He was charged on February 11, 2008 with war crimes and murder, and faces the death penalty if convicted. He was a member of Osama bin Laden‘s al-Qaeda organization, although he lived in Kuwait rather than Afghanistan, heading al-Qaeda’s propaganda operations from sometime around 1999.
According to the 9/11 Commission Report he was «the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks». He is also thought to have had, or has confessed to, a role in many of the most significant terrorist plots over the last twenty years, including the World Trade Center 1993 bombings, the Operation Bojinka plot, an aborted 2002 attack on Los Angeles‘ U.S. Bank Tower, the Bali nightclub bombings, the failed bombing of American Airlines Flight 63, the Millennium Plot, and the murder of Daniel Pearl.
In March 2007, after four years in captivity, including six months of detention at Guantanamo Bay, Mohammed testified before a closed-door hearing in Guantánamo Bay. According to transcripts of the hearing released by the Pentagon, he said «I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z.» The transcripts also show him confessing to: organizing the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; the Bali nightclub bombings; and Richard Reid‘s attempted shoe bombing. He also confessed to planning attacks on Heathrow Airport and Big Ben clock tower in London, Pearl’s murder in 2002, and planned assassination attempts on Pope John Paul II, Pervez Musharraf and Bill Clinton.
On March 15, 2007, BBC News reported that «Transcripts of his testimony were translated from Arabic and edited by the U.S. Department of Defense to remove sensitive intelligence material before release. It appeared, from a judge’s question, that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had made allegations of torture in US custody». In the Defense Department transcript, Mohammed said his statement was not made under duress but Mohammed and human rights advocates have alleged that he was tortured. CIA officials have previously told ABC News that «Mohammed lasted the longest under water boarding, two and a half minutes, before beginning to talk.». Legal experts say this could taint all his statements. Forensic psychiatrist Michael Welner, M.D., an expert in false confessions, observed from the testimony transcript that his concerns about his family may have been far more influential in soliciting Mohammed’s cooperation than any earlier reported mistreatment .
Ali Khan, the father of Majid Khan, another one of the fourteen «high-value detainees», released an affidavit on Monday April 16, 2006, that reported that interrogators subjected Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s children, aged six and eight years old, to abusive interrogation. Ali Khan’s affidavit quoted another of his sons, Mohammed Khan: «The Pakistani guards told my son that the boys were kept in a separate area upstairs, and were denied food and water by other guards. They were also mentally tortured by having ants or other creatures put on their legs to scare them and get them to say where their father was hiding.»
Zacarias Moussaoui is a French citizen of Moroccan descent who was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans as part of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. As a result of his conviction, he is serving a life sentence at the Federal ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. However, prosecutors in Moussaoui’s drawn-out trial had difficulty directly connecting him to the 19 participants.
During the trial, Moussaoui initially stated that he was not involved in the September 11 attacks, but that he was planning an attack of his own. According to the Associated Press, three jurors decided Moussaoui had only limited knowledge of the September 11 plot, and three described his role in the attacks as minor, if he had any role at all. Following sentencing, Moussaoui recanted his trial testimony stating he was not a member of the September 11, 2001 conspiracy, but «part of another al-Qaeda plot which was to occur after September 11.»
On April 3, 2006, Moussaoui was found to be eligible for the death penalty. Before leaving the courtroom, he was reported to have shouted, «You will never get my blood. God curse you all!» Later that month he withdrew his qualifications and again admitted guilt on all charges levied by the prosecution. On May 3, 2006, a jury decided against the death penalty for Moussaoui. The next day, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. As he was led out of the courtroom, Moussaoui clapped his hands and said, «America, you lost… I won.»