Thursday, 2 June 2011

RECAP: Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - ‘I Make Up Stories’ [to Stop Torture]

In potentially another blow to advocates of torture and harsh interrogation, transcripts released yesterday show that alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed says he made up stories to appease his interrogators.

”I make up stories,” Mohammed is quoted as saying in his 2007 Gitmo hearing. The alleged 9/11 plotter claimed to have taken part in at least 29 terrorist plots.

Mohammed says he told his questioners he didn’t know the location of Osama Bin Laden, and was tortured as a result.

“”Where is he? I don’t know,” Mohammed said. ‘Then he torture me. Then I said, ‘Yes, he is in this area or this is al Qaeda which I don’t know him.’ I said no, they torture me.’”

The innocent, under torture, will confess to anything. Also, by itself, a confession is not proof of guilt unless the person freely offers information that only the perpetrators would know.

It is likely that Mr Mohammed had absolutely nothing to do with 911. This is because there is physical evidence showing the operation was an inside job.

(This story is reposted in light of the announcement that KSM is set to be tried in a US military court.)

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 2nd, 2011.]

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