Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) — Five al-Qaeda members accused of planning the Sept. 11 terror attacks offered to plead guilty to charges that may lead to execution and the martyrdom some of them profess to seek. Relatives of five of the almost 3,000 victims of the 2001 attacks witnessed today’s hearing in a military courtroom at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay Navy Base in Cuba. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who claimed he was the mastermind of the attacks, and his
co-defendants said it was “our earnest desire” to admit guilt in the 2001 airline hijackings that brought down the World Trade Center in New York, damaged the Pentagon near Washington and led to a plane crash in Pennsylvania. …. The U.S. is seeking the death penalty against all five men. … – bloomberg
Oh, Super Mario and his gang did it. I thought maybe when they said 9/11 conspirators, they meant these 103 possible 9/11 conspirators. For most Americans to actually believe anyone confessing to the 9/11 attacks, the people confessing would need to answer a few questions.
My top 1 would be:
Was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed involved with Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, since it was Ahmad who wired lead hijacker Mohammed Atta $100,000 according to India’s intelligence records turned over the the FBI showing cell phone calls. What the heck was the 9/11 “money man” doing talking about Bin Laden with top US officials on the morning of 9/11/2001 in Washington D.C.?
What an odd coincidence!
It is possible that our guys knew nothing of Ahmad’s involvement at the time they were meeting with him, but why wasn’t he arrested after his connection to the hijackers became clear?
In a sane world we’d have an answer to that before putting people to death for claiming, most likely after being drugged and tortured and held in captivity for years without trial, that they did it.
The Ahmad coincidence is right up there with the plane into building exercise conducted by the NRO on 9/11, which ended up having the people who normally watch our skies sent home. Was Cheney running war games that put false blips on FAA radar screens on 9/11? If not, why did the FBI warn air traffic controllers across America that they could be jailed for talking to the press? See flight93.
Is 9/11 the biggest mess of wrong jumping to wrong conclusions based on coincidences ever in the history of the world, or is it the biggest conspiracy ever? Time will tell.
ISI Director Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed is replaced in the face of US pressure after links are discovered between him, Saeed Sheikh, and the funding of the 9/11 attacks. Mahmood instructed Saeed to transfer $100,000 into hijacker Mohamed Atta’s bank account prior to 9/11. This is according to Indian intelligence, which claims the FBI has privately confirmed the story. [Press Trust of India, 10/8/2001; Times of India, 10/9/2001; India Today, 10/15/2001; Daily Excelsior (Jammu), 10/18/2001] The story is not widely reported in Western countries, though it makes the Wall Street Journal. [Australian, 10/10/2001; Agence France-Presse, 10/10/2001; Wall Street Journal, 10/10/2001] It is reported in Pakistan as well. [Dawn (Karachi), 10/8/2001] The Northern Alliance also repeats the claim in late October. [Federal News Service, 10/31/2001] In Western countries, the usual explanation is that Mahmood is fired for being too close to the Taliban. [London Times, 10/9/2001; Guardian, 10/9/2001] The Times of India reports that Indian intelligence helped the FBI discover the link, and says, “A direct link between the ISI and the WTC attack could have enormous repercussions. … Evidence of a larger conspiracy could shake US confidence in Pakistan’s ability to participate in the anti-terrorism coalition.” [Times of India, 10/9/2001] There is evidence some ISI officers may have known of a plan to destroy the WTC as early as July 1999. Two other ISI leaders, Lt. Gen. Mohammed Aziz Khan and Lt. Gen. Muzaffar Usmani, are sidelined on the same day as Mahmood (see October 8, 2001). [Fox News, 10/8/2001] Saeed had been working under Khan. The firings are said to have purged the ISI of its fundamentalists. However, according to one diplomat, “To remove the top two or three doesn’t matter at all. The philosophy remains.… [The ISI is] a parallel government of its own. If you go through the officer list, almost all of the ISI regulars would say, of the Taliban, ‘They are my boys.’” [New Yorker, 10/29/2001] It is believed Mahmood has been living under virtual house arrest in Pakistan (which would seem to imply more than just a difference of opinion over the Taliban), but no charges have been brought against him, and there is no evidence the US has asked to question him. [Asia Times, 1/5/2002] He also has refused to speak to reporters since being fired [Associated Press, 2/21/2002] , and outside India and Pakistan, the story has only been mentioned infrequently in the media since. [Sunday Herald (Glasgow), 2/24/2002; London Times, 4/21/2002] He will reemerge as a businessman in 2003, but still will not speak to the media – history
Former Bob Dole top aid Stanly Hilton, in his failed $7 billion lawsuit, claims he had evidence Bush signed the orders, that they ran many pre-9/11 drills –which is why Bush looked bored, and why he slipped and said he saw the first jet hit on tv–and that the jets were remotely controlled using a system called Cyclops: a computer chip in the nose of the plane enabled military ground control of the planes and that’s what they did with Dick Cheney running the whole thing. They flew the jets directly into those towers.