Alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has asked for the death penalty. Should we give it to him?
Bush says this, "For example, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed described the design of planned attacks of buildings inside the U.S. and how operatives were directed to carry them out. That is valuable information for those of us who have the responsibility to protect the American people. He told us the operatives had been instructed to ensure that the explosives went off at a high -- a point that was high enough to prevent people trapped above from escaping."
It sounds eerily like what happened at the WTC on 9/11. Was he referring that the "terrorists" planted explosives in the towers or that foiled plots had planned to use that tactic? Or was he referring to the WTC?
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Waterboarding: Illegal interrogation method. Or valuable tactic? That’s the debate in the wake of the capture and killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
On Fox News, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King of New York tells Bill O’Reilly, getting the nickname was the direct result of harsh interrogation tactics.
“It was through the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed through waterboarding. ... So for those of you who say that waterboarding doesn’t work, that say it should be stopped and never used again - we got vital information that led us to bin Laden.”
But according to the New York Times, alleged 9/11 plotter Khalid Shaikh Mohammed didn’t give up the top secret information out right. Instead, other prisoners in U.S. custody gave up the courier’s aliases, and CIA officials pieced the rest of the puzzle together.
“When the Americans ran the man’s pseudonym past two top-level detainees — the chief planner of the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed; and Al Qaeda’s operational chief, Abu Faraj al-Libi — the men claimed never to have heard his name. That raised suspicions among interrogators that the two detainees were lying and that the courier probably was an important figure.”
The 9/11 Commission report confirms KSM underwent waterboarding. WTHR in Indianapolis questions - is there is any way to know if the courier’s identity and the interrogation are connected at all?
“But was it the harsh interrogation that led to the critical information? The identity and whereabouts of the courier only came to light years later - after the enhanced interrogation had stopped.”
And White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the capture and killing can’t be attributed to just one thing, so there’s no way to directly connect the capture and killing to extreme interrogation.
CNN: “It’s simply strange to suggest that a piece of information that may or may not have been gathered eight years ago somehow directly led to a successful mission on Sunday. That’s just not the case.”
Business Insider says, you can’t just look at one interrogation success story. You have to look at every GITMO interrogation.
“Of course, the defense of waterboarding comes down to cherrypicking the good, easy to see results (capturing top officials) and ignores the unseen results (all the ex-GITMO detainees who come back as more hardened terrorists).”
Finally, the Atlantic Wire points out the hurdles both sides of the story will have to overcome.
“[W]aterboarding supporters have to deal with the fact that the crucial information leading to bin Laden's location came after the waterboarding stopped. Anti-Guantanamo activists have to deal with the fact that such quality information came from illegal detention centers, including Guantanamo.”
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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has told a military judge he wants to plead guilty to being the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. In 2003, Bob Simon reported that Mohammed had taken credit for planning the attacks in an interview with a journalist.
Motives for the September 11, 2001 Attacks
Exposing the fact that politicians and pundits are lying about "why they hate us."
"They concentrate on how much injustice America has caused in the world and how to get rid of this unfairness. They mention Palestine, they call on you to uphold your national dignity, to defend people, and suggest for that you must sacrifice yourself."
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What motivated the 9/11 hijackers to attack the US?
US foreign policy bias for Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and US government support for other oppressive regimes in the Middle East.
The 9-11 Commission held its twelfth and final public hearing June 16-17, 2004, in Washington, DC. On June 16 the Commission heard from several of the federal government's top law enforcement and intelligence experts on al Qaeda and the 9-11 plot. It was at this hearing that the question "What motivated them to do it?" was finally asked. Lee Hamilton, vice chair of the 9/11 Commission said, "I'm interested in the question of motivation of these hijackers, and my question is really directed to the agents. ... what have you found out about why these men did what they did? What motivated them to do it?" The agents looked at each other, apparently not eager to be the one to have to say it. FBI Special Agent Fitzgerald stepped up to the plate and laid out the facts, "I believe they feel a sense of outrage against the United States. They identify with the Palestinian problem, they identify with people who oppose repressive regimes and I believe they tend to focus their anger on the United States." But this testimony was kept out of the 9/11 Commission Report and no recommendation was given to address the main motive for the 9/11 attacks.
After the report was issued, the ten commissioners formed the "9-11 Public Discourse Project." At the August 2, 2005 session on foreign policy, Lee Hamilton quickly tries to silence someone who asks why US support for Israel isn't being addressed. The questioner started to ask, "Mr. Hamilton? I had a quick question for you sir. I had spoken with you on C-SPAN about a month ago ..." Immediately Hamilton interrupts him, "I think we'd uh ..." The questioner persisted, "why aren't we addressing the gorilla in the room? The gorilla in the room is US support for Israel." He corrects Hamilton's claim that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute wasn't addressed in the 9/11 Commission Report by referring to page 147 of the report which says, "By his own account, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's animus toward the United States stemmed not from his experiences there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel."
The questioner keeps getting interrupted by Hamilton as he pleads, "Why aren't we addressing that sir?" Hamilton didn't answer and dismisses the questioner, "Alright sir. Alright, this is a conversation you and I ought to have. Let's not take up the time of our resource people. May we go to the next question please?"
"This was sensitive ground," Hamilton and Kean say in their new book, "Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission," and some commissioners worried "listed U.S. support of Israel as a root cause of al Qaeda's opposition to the United States indicated that the United States should reassess that policy." There is a reason politicians don't want US support of Israel listed as a root cause of al Qaeda's terrorism. There is a reason politicians don't want the American people to "reassess that policy." If the public were to take a good look at the facts, if they researched what the policies actually do to people in the Middle East, they would be horrified. Politicians lie to us about "hatred of our freedoms" because they care more about serving special interests than about keeping us safe.The Commissioners were more interested in playing politics than in fulfilling the 9/11 Commission's mandate to "to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks." These politicians betrayed the American people. Dishonesty about the 9/11 motives robs us of the freedom to decide for ourselves if we want to put our lives at risk over specific foreign policies.
Bush distinctly recalls watching the 1st plane crash into the WTC before hearing of the 2nd. He then brushes it off as a joke. He said this more than once.
Clip source: The History Channel
" Q One thing, Mr. President, is that you have no idea how much you've done for this country. And another thing is that, how did you feel when you heard about the terrorist attack? (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Jordan. Well, Jordan, you're not going to believe what state I was in when I heard about the terrorist attack. I was in Florida. And my Chief of Staff, Andy Card -- actually, I was in a classroom talking about a reading program that works. I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on. And I used to fly, myself, and I said, well, there's one terrible pilot. I said, it must have been a horrible accident.
But I was whisked off there, I didn't have much time to think about it..."
"Anyway, I was sitting there, and my Chief of Staff -- well, first of all, when we walked into the classroom, I had seen this plane fly into the first building. There was a TV set on. And you know, I thought it was pilot error and I was amazed that anybody could make such a terrible mistake. And something was wrong with the plane, or -- anyway, I'm sitting there, listening to the briefing, and Andy Card came and said, "America is under attack."
"For example, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed described the design of planned attacks of buildings inside the U.S. and how operatives were directed to carry them out. That is valuable information for those of us who have the responsibility to protect the American people. He told us the operatives had been instructed to ensure that the explosives went off at a high -- a point that was high enough to prevent people trapped above from escaping."
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The clip healthcare in guantanamo bay from Sicko (2007)
We're now approaching the five-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
So I'm announcing today that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,
Abu Zubaydah, Ramzi Binalshibh,
and 11 other terrorists in CIA custody,
have been transferred to the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay.
On that island are some of the world's most hardened enemy combatants.
These detainees are deadly and include the 20th hijacker,
as well as a number of Osama bin Laden's personal bodyguards
and others who had a direct role in the September 11 attacks.
The kind of people held at Guantanamo include terrorist trainers, bomb-makers...
Many of them have American blood on their hands and are the elite of al-Qaida.
It seems to me we have an obligation
to treat these individuals as enemy combatants.
And then I learned it wasn't all bad news at Gitmo.
Detainees representing a threat to our national security
are given access to top-notch medical facilities.
They have acute care 24 hours a day, in which surgical procedures,
everything can be performed right there in the detainee camps.
This is the dental clinic, or the health clinic.
We have a physical therapy department, X-ray capabilities with digital X-rays.
We have one single operating room.
Health personnel to detainee ratio is one to four, remarkably high.
They do sick call on the blocks three times per week, care for them there if they can,
or bring that detainee back to the clinic to be seen there.
Screening for cancer has taken place.
Colonoscopy is a procedure which is performed there on a routine basis.
We have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol.
We monitor the weight and nutrition of the detainees,
Accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was in a Guantanamo court, where he repeatedly ignored the judge and refused to answer questions. CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford was at the proceedings and talks to Charlie Rose and Erica Hill.
The Obama administration's decision to hold the trial of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City, blocks away from Ground Zero, has been met with opposition. Bob Orr reports.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is easily the most well-known of the five Guantanamo defendants, but the prosecution says the other four also played key roles in the 9/11 plot. John Miller reports on the defendants and their charges.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four other top 9/11 suspects disrupted their arraignment hearing at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay by refusing to say anything. Jan Crawford reports the military trial many years in the making.
Katie Couric discusses both praise and criticisms over the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged terrorists in New York City near Ground Zero.
The pre-trial hearing for confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed starts on Monday. Former President of the National Institute of Military Justice Eugene Fidell offers insight on the proceedings.
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My name is Daniel Kiefer.
We were at The Farm together.
Technically, you were a year ahead.
I'm here to make you aware of your rights.
You're being held under a National Security Directive,
which means you have none, but you know that.
The towels, you need six-hundreds.
Those are 350, 375-gram weight.
You're gonna need six-hundreds.
I want to know the reasons for you being in Cape Town.
I want you to name your resources, contacts, assets,
everybody you've done business with,
traded intel with, sold secrets to,
in the nine years since you betrayed your country.
Absolutely. Anything you want, Daniel.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed lasted 20 seconds.
They had six-hundreds.
Is this legal?
Bring him down.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a former member of al Qaeda, was permitted to design a vacuum while confined. CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, who served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, discusses some of the ways officials are insuring his mental state for trial someday.