After “enhanced interrogation” by the CIA, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed confressed to being the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and 30 other plots.
Today, at Guantánamo, he appeared before a military judge and, as the Miami Herald reports, Mohammed asked for the death sentence. “In Allah I put my trust,” he told the court in both Arabic and in English. When asked if he ‘understood that the crimes for which he was accused are punishable by a death sentence.’
“This is what I wish — to be martyred,” Mohammed answered.
The LA Times adds “Mohammed also told the judge… that he regarded the military proceedings against them as “an inquisition, not a trial,” and that he rejected all U.S. laws as ‘evil.'”
Mohammed also rejected representation by Navy Capt. Prescott Prince, because “he wore the uniform of his American enemies and had pledged allegiance to President Bush, ‘who wages systemic war against the Islamic world.'”
I get the feeling that somehow, this “trial” may not go according to the the Bush administration’s plan.
Two news items about the Bush administration’s pack of lies about Iraq.
McClatchy Newspapers report Bush knew Iraq claims weren’t true. “A long-awaited Senate Select Intelligence Committee report made public Thursday concludes that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney made public statements to promote an invasion of Iraq that they knew at the time were not supported by available intelligence.”
“Before taking the country to war, this administration owed it to the American people to give them a 100 percent accurate picture of the threat we faced… There is no question we all relied on flawed intelligence. But, there is a fundamental difference between relying on incorrect intelligence and deliberately painting a picture to the American people that you know is not fully accurate,” said committee Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV).
While, The Independent contributes with Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control. Bush is demanding 50 military bases in Iraq, control of Iraqi airspace, and legal immunity for all American soldiers and contractors.
The precise nature of the American demands has been kept secret until now. The leaks are certain to generate an angry backlash in Iraq. “It is a terrible breach of our sovereignty,” said one Iraqi politician, adding that if the security deal was signed it would delegitimise the government in Baghdad which will be seen as an American pawn.
The US has repeatedly denied it wants permanent bases in Iraq but one Iraqi source said: “This is just a tactical subterfuge.” Washington also wants control of Iraqi airspace below 29,000ft and the right to pursue its “war on terror” in Iraq, giving it the authority to arrest anybody it wants and to launch military campaigns without consultation.
Mr Bush is determined to force the Iraqi government to sign the so-called “strategic alliance” without modifications, by the end of next month.
“Bush wants to push it through by the end of next month so he can declare a military victory and claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated.”
Prediction: Americans will sleep. Congress will do nothing. This is Bush’s attempt to sandbag the next administration. Can anyone explain to me why such an agreement would not have to be ratified by the Senate?
Four at Four continues with stories about record number of home foreclosures and a possible return of Zeppelins to our sky.