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Mastermind confesses to 9/11 attacks

March 14th, 2007 . by Matt

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self declared mastermind of 9/11

A prisoner in Guantanamo Bay has claimed that he was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of 9/11, confessed to those attacks and others during a military hearing, according to a transcript released Wednesday by the Pentagon.

“I was responsible for the 9/11 operation from A to Z,” Mr. Mohammed said in a statement read during the session, held Saturday at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

In the rambling statement, Mr. Mohammed said his actions were part of a military campaign. “I’m not happy that 3,000 been killed in America,” he said. “I feel sorry, even. I don’t like to kill children and the kids.”

Though U.S. officials had linked Mr. Mohammed to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and to several others, his confession was the first time he spelled out in his own words a panoply of global terrorism activities. Those range from plans to bomb landmarks in New York City and London to would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid’s attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight to assassination attempts against former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and Pope John Paul II.

Some of the plots Mr. Mohammed claimed to plan, including the attempt on Mr. Carter, had not previously been publicly disclosed.

Parts of Mr. Mohammed’s transcript were redacted by the military, and there were suggestions in it that he was mistreated while in the custody of the CIA after his arrest in 2003. He was transferred to military custody at Guantánamo Bay last year.

The hearing was conducted by a combatant status review tribunal. In answer to a question from the tribunal’s president, a Navy captain whose name was not released, Mr. Mohammed suggested that he had made false statements in the past under duress. But he agreed that he was not “under any pressure or duress” at the hearing.

His actions, he said, were like those of other revolutionaries. Had the British arrested George Washington during the Revolutionary War, Mr. Mohammed said, “for sure they would consider him enemy combatant.”

The Mail and Guardian has a list of things he has confessed to –

What Mohammed told the tribunal:
# I was member of al-Qaida council
# I was director for planning and execution of 9/11, fr om A to Z
# I was commander for foreign ops
# I was directly in charge … of cell for biological weapons, and follow-up on dirty bomb ops on American soil
# I was responsible for shoe bomber operation to down two US planes
# I was responsible for Bali bombing
# I was responsible for second wave attacks after 9/11: California; Chicago; Washington; Empire State, NY
# I was responsible for operations to destroy American vessels in the Hormuz, Gibraltar, and Singapore
# I was responsible for planning operation to destroy Panama canal
# I was responsible for planning assassination of ex-US presidents, including Carter and Clinton
# I was responsible for planning operation to destroy Heathrow, Canary Wharf and Big Ben
# I shared responsibility for assassination attempt on John Paul II in Philippines
# I was responsible for operation to assassinate President Musharraf

I wonder if he is really the mastermind.

12 Responses to “Mastermind confesses to 9/11 attacks”

  1. comment number 1 by: Durf

    I wonder if he is really the mastermind.

    Sure would be handy. “Hey, it’s not so important that we never got Usama bin Laden, since this Ron Jeremy lookalike was the real evil mastermind.”

  2. comment number 2 by: Toshiharu Honda

    #I was responsible for lowering Bush’s approval rating.
    #I was responsible for lowering American reputation in the world.
    #I was responsible for increasing Democrat’s
    #I was responsible for increasing America’s
    budget deficit.
    #I was responsible for deepening Muslim’s
    hatred toward Americans.
    #I was responsible for letting America’s
    defense industry make more money.

  3. comment number 3 by: Toshiharu Honda

    #I was responsible for making North Korea and
    Iran high-handed on their nuclear bomb development.

  4. comment number 4 by: PeterPan

    # now please kill me so i can become a martyr and go to a heaven with hundreds of virgins waiting for me.

    i think if this guy was the mastermind to 9.11, he would have been able to ‘mastermind’ his way out of getting caught. but that’s just my 2 cents.

  5. comment number 5 by: James

    If I had to judge based on the photo you posted of him, I’d definitely say he was the mastermind. 😉

  6. comment number 6 by: infimum

    He also should be responsible for the following.

    -Global Warming
    -Hurricane Katrina
    -Extinction of DoDo
    -Britney’s problems
    -Sewer problem in my house

  7. comment number 7 by: bulgasari

    Considering the descriptions of ‘personality disintegration’ found here, I’m sure he would admit responsibilty for just about anything.

  8. comment number 8 by: CaptPorridge

    Hairy, hairy man.

    I say hang him

  9. comment number 9 by: AG

    The name “Guantanamo” has been so tainted that it’s hard to believe anything coming out of there. Why now, why all at once like this?
    Mohammed did claim that there has been torture, which was black-marked in Pentagon report.
    I’m sure that people fighting in Iraq are happy to know this.

  10. comment number 10 by: beechtreem

    I doubt he could be responsible for tying his own shoelaces. In any case, this confession was timed to counter the growing awareness that 9/11 was perpetrated by criminal sectors of US government, the CIA, and the business community.

    Lets see: 1. he’s had no access to a lawyer
    2.Allegations have been made that he was tortured while in US custody.
    3.No media or human rights monitors were allowed to watch the hearing.

  11. comment number 11 by: kteen

    …dosen’t sound very convincing…

  12. comment number 12 by: Ken

    Why does not America catch Bin Laden?
    Why did America attack Iraq without concentrating on Bin Laden?
    Why does not America attack DPRK which has A-bomb though America attacked Iraq on the reason of mass-destruction weapons?
    How come?