Khalid Sheikh Mohammed To Face Military Tribunal

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

PETE YOST   04/ 4/11 12:48 PM ET   AP

WASHINGTON — Professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators are being referred to the system of military commissions for trial, a federal law enforcement official said Monday.

The decision by the Obama administration is an about-face from earlier plans to have the five go on trial in civilian federal court in New York, which created intense political opposition among Republicans and even some Democrats, particularly in New York.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity about the switch, which Attorney General Eric Holder was expected to announce at an afternoon news conference.

Republican critics have roundly assailed the administration, first for the decision in late 2009 to try the men in New York City, then for a long delay in making a decision on whether to have them face military commission justice instead.

The four alleged co-conspirators are Waleed bin Attash, a Yemeni who allegedly ran an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan; Ramzi Binalshibh, a Yemeni who allegedly helped find flight schools for the hijackers; Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, accused of helping nine of the hijackers travel to the United States and sent them $120,000 for expenses and flight training, and Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi, a Saudi accused of helping the hijackers with money, Western clothing, traveler’s checks and credit cards.

Mohammed allegedly proposed the concept for the Sept. 11 attacks to Osama bin Laden as early as 1996, obtained funding for the attacks from bin Laden, oversaw the operation and trained the hijackers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mohammed was born in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province and raised in Kuwait.

 

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One thought on “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed To Face Military Tribunal

  1. Here…
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    Is the dismissed indictment against KSM.

    http://home.comcast.net/~gold9472/ksmindictment.pdf

    I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’m wondering how much of this wasn’t mentioned in the 9/11 Report.

    Submitted by Jon Gold on Wed, 04/06/2011 – 8:08am.
    » edit reply 3 votes
    From the DOCUMENT : Read Carefully
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    “COUNT NINE Destruction of the Twin Towers

    …the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, maliciously, and knowingly damaged and destroyed, by means of fire and explosives, buildings, vehicles, and other real and personal property used in interstate and foreign commerce and in activities affecting interstate and foreign commerce, to wit, the destruction and damage of two commercial airplanes, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and surrounding structures and property in New York City, resulting in the deaths on and after September 11,2001, of the first 2,752 persons named on pages 45 through 80 of this Indictment, including hundreds of public safety officers performing duties as a direct and proximate result ofthe said damage and destruction.
    repeated.
    (Title 18, United States Code, Sections 844(i) and 2.)”

    “KNOWINGLY DAMAGED AND DESTROYED , BY MEANS OF FIRE AND EXPLOSIVES, BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, AND OTHER REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY USED IN INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE AND IN ACTIVITIES AFFECTING INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE..”.

    oops.

    BY MEANS OF FIRE AND EXPLOSIVES?
    BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, AND OTHER REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY ?

    Oh so there were explosives? But NIST didn’t do tests for explosives. Why would it? Fires brought the buildings down…

    So KSM and Ramzi are being charged with….using explosives to “KNOWINGLY DAMAGE AND DESTROYED , ….., BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, AND OTHER REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY..”

    Anybody ever read about EXPLOSIVES and FIRE being involved in the destruction of the Twin Towers in Zelikow/Kean/Hammy edition?

    Submitted by Satyavira on Wed, 04/06/2011 – 10:26pm.

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