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Thursday, March 15

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to 9/11 and almost every other terrorist attack that happened or almost happened (read the PDF transcript. The list starts on p. 18), and admitted that he doesn't like to kill people, especially children.


UPDATE: Surprise, Surprise.
If you've read the PDF transcript, you'd notice that certain parts were redacted.
From Think Progress:
Known among CIA officers as “Al-Qaeda’s toughest prisoner” in Guantanamo Bay, Mohammad has long been the subject of extreme interrogation techniques, including waterboarding. “CIA officers who subjected themselves to the water boarding technique lasted an average of 14 seconds before caving in…KSM won the admiration of interrogators when he was able to last between two and two-and-a-half-minutes before begging to confess.” The CIA also reportedly abducted his seven- and nine-year-old sons and flew them to the United States for interrogation.

In his remarks to a military tribunal, Mohammad raised objections to the treatment he received, but his statements on torture were redacted by the Pentagon in their publicly released transcript:
  • "I know American people are torturing us from seventies. [REDACTED]. I know they are talking human rights. And I know it is against American constitution, against American laws."
Mohammad claimed that CIA interrogators warned him he would be subjected to illegal treatment, calling it “bad luck”:
  • "They said every law, they have exceptions, this is your bad luck you have been part of the exception of our laws."
Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch questioned the legality of the closed-door sessions and whether Mohammad’s confession was actually the result of torture. “We won’t know that unless there is an independent hearing,” he said. “We need to know if this purported confession would be enough to convict him at a fair trial or would it have to be suppressed as the fruit of torture?”
See the full Pentagon transcript HERE.

PS. Speaking of terrorism, "Banana company Chiquita Brands International said Wednesday it has agreed to a $25 million fine after admitting it paid a Colombian terrorist group for protection in a volatile farming region."

So that's it. A fine. Shouldn't the Chiquita Banana people be sent to Gitmo?

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