Mar 15 2007
10:54 am

Tea Time With Terrorists
By Don Williams

After serving him tea and crumpets, CIA interviewers delicately broached the subject of terror with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, asking whether he was responsible for all the bad stuff that’s been happening in the world the last quarter-century.

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To which he replied in perfect English, “Why, old chaps, since you deign to ask, the world knows I’m responsible for 9/11. I bundled all the evidence on the hard drive of my computer, the one I loaned you, don’t you remember? I like to say I did it my way, sort of like old Frank Sinatra. From trying my best to assassinate the pope, to the destruction on 9/11, to the death of Anna Nicole Smith, I proudly declare I’m your man. So please, make me a star. Here’s the list of 28 crimes I compiled for you after evening devotions, and those were just off the top of my head. I’ll be glad to tell you more, but first kindly permit me to swear an oath on your Bible or the Koran. That way you’ll know I’m telling Allah’s truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Then, I beg you, make a martyr of me so I may dally eternally with virgins in Paradise….”

OK, I made that part up.

No tea and crumpets.

No perfect English.

No sworn oath.

No Anna Nicole Smith.

No admission to owning the computer in question.

No virgins.

So, what’s one to believe about Kalid Shaikh Mohammed’s alleged confession in a military hearing?

Why looky here: I do believe the New York Times nailed it.

I know, I know, Der Times got a lot of things wrong the past decade about terrorists and the War in Iraq. Judith Miller allowed herself to be a mouthpiece for Scooter Libby, of all people, in the run-up to war in Iraq, writing as she did about nukes, aluminum tubes, anthrax and mobile labs.

Still, I’ve gotta say, some obscure Page One headline writer for The Times nailed this one, telling the world on Thursday, March 15, 2007, as precise a truth as headline writers ever get to tell: "Suspected Leader of 9/11 Attacks Is Said to Confess."

Bravo. I’d swear that’s exactly what’s happened. Some fuzzy, indistinct Pentagon bureaucrat stamped UNCLASSIFIED across every page of the official version of how a formerly fuzzy, indistinct terrorist admitted to planning the 9/11 attacks and 27 other big crimes or wannabe crimes, while said bureaucrat left most of the hard evidence classified and unavailable.

Stop the presses, while we roll this bundle of newsprint on. Better yet, stop the presses and turn on your computer. But please pause in your browsing to admire The Times headline because that’s about all that’s admirable about this story. Der Times handled this piece of waste from the bowels of our government about as delicately as one would expect.

I’m not saying Khalid Shaikh, um, Mohammed is guilty or innocent of the 28 allegations alleged by the Pentagon. All I’m saying is, I don’t know and neither do you. Furthermore, I have no way of knowing, and I wonder whether the world will ever know more about the guilt or innocence of this particular Mohammed than we do, say, the truth of Santa Claus’s alleged confession that he illegally entered all those houses last December. Mohammed dwells in the land of indeterminate truth. He’s become legend, partly truth, partly fiction.

Why so skeptical, you conveniently ask? I’ll give you six good reasons.

1. Torture. In his military hearing transcript, Khalid Shaikh um… Mohammed, alludes to torture.

I’m sure you know I have big problems with torture. We know from press reports that one

Shaykh Ibn al-Libi told a pack of whoppers under duress that made it into Colin Powell’s 2003 speech to the United Nations before we invaded Iraq.

2. Secrecy. Every page of the classified document hints at dark mysteries that may never make it into the public record. We have no way of confirming anything Khalid had to say. He disputes owning the computer, for instance, and we don’t see a chain of evidence here linking that hard drive to him.

3. Lack of an oath. In one of Mohammed’s longest speeches in the transcript he goes into great detail about why he will not swear to telling the truth in American courts.

4. Consider the source. It was the Pentagon who told us pro footballer Pat Tillman went down with guns ablazin’ in Afghanistan, when in fact he was killed by so-called friendly fire. And wasn’t it the Pentagon who suggested Jessica Lynch had to be rescued commando style from a hospital where she’d been taken after fighting heroically to defend her convoy in Iraq? Come to think of it, the Bush Administration has lied about so much that only an idiot would take anything uttered by most anyone associated with it, at face value.

5. Motivation. Beyond the unpleasant circumstances of his questioning, why wouldn’t Mohammed confess? As he describes himself in the transcript, he’s in a war, sort of like George Washington dontcha know? Why not take credit for your team’s successes? He’s in so deep at this point, nothing good can come of it except earthly fame and whatever pleasures await in paradise.

6. Language barriers (and lack of defense witnesses): Here’s a direct quote from Mohammed in the transcript: "Other things are which is very old even nobody can bring any witnesses for that as you written here if it will be ah a value for the witness nearby ah you will do it. This computer is not for me. Is for Hawsawi himself. So I’m saying I need Hawsawi because me and him we both been arrested day. Same way. So this computer is from him long time." (Sshhh. Don’t report that Mohammed was not permitted to call Hawsawi or any other witness during this tribunal, let’s keep that as our little secret. Oherwise people might cast doubt on our patriotism).

7. Timing: Mohammed’s confession goes public just as Scooter Libby is convicted of lying and obstruction in the Plame case….

Just as Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh exposes Bush’s illegal funding of murderous Sunni groups with ties to al-Qaida, in order to conduct covert wars in Iran….

And just as Alberto Gonzales and Karl Rove come under extreme pressure for purging US attorneys across the country….

What better way to push these scandals to the end of columns like this? Come to think of it, if that was their plan, it almost worked.

But not quite, because I have one more follow-up observation, which I’ll advance in the form of a question: If Khalid Shaikh Mohammed trained his 9/11 hijackers in Afghanistan, was funded by rich Arabs in Kuwait, and was busted in Pakistan, then what in God’s name are our brave soldiers doing half a decade later dodging suicide bombers in Iraq?

Copyright © 2007 by Don Williams, All Rights Reserved

WhitesCreek's picture

And tomorrow is Friday.

Wonder what announcement they'll make public that they don't want the media to notice?

"Gonzoles Resigns?"

Terry Troll's picture


Has anyone asked him about Jimmy Hoffa?

redmondkr's picture

Again, Mr. Williams has

Again, Mr. Williams has reminded us of one outstanding truth, the way to know when Bush or any of his stooges are lying - are their lips moving?

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Hambone's picture

Tea Time with Terrorists

Don nailed it once again in his excellent essay, Tea Time with Terrorists, especially the part on Timing. This administration, from the Pentagon to the inner circle, has a whole carload of phony "turrrer intelligence" to bring forward just when it gets a little hot around the collar. This has been their PR strategy from the start. Fortunately the new Congress will not let them off the hook so easily. Schumer is ready to pounce.

Yossarian's picture

Don Williams must be

Don Williams must be anti-patriotic, he's tryin' to uphold American standards of justice!

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

No "person," not, "no citizen." Of course, because 9/11 was not treated as a crime, but was immediately treated as an "act of war" (defined in extralegal terms, of course, no nation-state was blamed, well, Iraq was falsely blamed, and no war was declared by Congress, well, they did abdicate all powers to the "Prez") this is a "case arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger." Well, even though the "Administration" quite evidently manufactured the public danger, I suppose that gives the Fourth Reich the loophole they need to conduct all this cover-up in the name of exposing guilt. So what's Williams yammerin' on about? We got us a loophole, right? So shut up, Don!

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Naw. Not with the Nazional Security letters in the era of the Divine Leader. (Thank goodness, replacements for worn-out printers are cheap and plentiful.) The glorious Armageddon Forces of the Reich just take what they want. Witnesses? We don' need no steekin' witnesses. And "compulsory process?" Shee-oot, who were they tryin' to impress with that fancy-pants lingo?

All this, because the CIA waved in known terrorists, as described in testimony by Michael Springmann, and at least five FBI supervisors thwarted their agents' ongoing investigations, and the CIA couldn't locate the two guys listed in the phone book living with the FBI informant in San Diego, and the FBI didn't have a clue anyone was training to attack America at Rudy Dekker's flight school which they savvied-up to and raided a day after the dastardly attacks.

Hey, on another topic, is it too early to get in line for the National ID Card we're all required to get next May? -- unless you don't want to ever use public transportation or have a bank account...? (and that's probably just for starters...).

Well, phantoms of lost liberties aside, let us cheer, for soon, the forces of God's Own American Army will be deployed against those other heathens in Iran, I suppose.

And without those pesky liberties (and rights), maybe the terrorists will stop hating us so much. (By Jove, the Maximum Leader is one fiendishly clever strategist, isn't he?)

"Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain." Johann Christian Friedrich von Schiller, The Maid of Orleans

Don Williams's picture

The strangest thing is how

The strangest thing is how the mainstream media's handled this. The New York Times played it Page One, but with a small headline that hedged KSM was "said to confess." NBC News played it third, following the Gonzales debacle and something about Iraq, and when they did play it, they headlined it "Reality Check." Still, the actual reporting showed some respect and the reporter nodded sagely that "some torture" was involved to prevent future catastrophes.

I mean, give me a break. If all this particular Mohammed confessed to is true it's got to be the biggest news since 9/11. If it's not true, then it still should be the biggest news in months, because it means our government is fabricating and torturing and holding kangaroo courts to beat the band. And if that's not news, tell me what is. Don't know how they can have it both ways.

Tess's picture

But, nobody listens to them anymore

The receiver is off. Lying liars and nobody even picks up the paper anymore.

Andy Axel's picture

which way the wind blows

The pumps don't work cuz the vandals stole the handles.


Recursive blogwhore.

Yossarian's picture

"If all this particular

"If all this particular Mohammed confessed to is true it's got to be the biggest news since 9/11. If it's not true, then it still should be the biggest news in months, because it means our government is fabricating and torturing and holding kangaroo courts to beat the band. And if that's not news, tell me what is. Don't know how they can have it both ways."

But, Don, you're still engaging in SaneSpeak. Engage CrimeStop for a moment and you'll feel a lot better.

The Divine Cabal cannot make too big a news item of this, lest a widespread demand for more details emerge. Those details might prove incriminating for more than Mr. Mohammed. Yet, it must be large enough to make it look like the tactics of Atty. Gen. Gonzales are valuable to protect us.

(I just wish "Al Amriki" would get at least this much ink, if you know who and what I mean...)

Or, if you must engage in OldThink, just consider ownership of the top media. It is said that to stifle criticism of their global works, in the 19th Century, the Rothschild dynasty bought Reuters News and placed the top 25 leading newspapers in the US on a stipend so as to NOT cover their power-playing activities. So, by 1913, they and a syndicate of a few associated dynasties could take control of America by establishing the Federal Reserve private bank for themselves, and count on no honest dissection of the meaning of this event reaching a very large population. There's a saying in playwriting, "it it's not on the page, it's not on the stage." By a similar token, if it's not in the big media, it's not in the public's mind, by and large, espcially in our information overload, sound-byte era. The public is counted on to have such a toddler mind it will grab the nickel instead of the dime, because it's bigger and so must be worth more. So with news like this.

Aside from ownership, but a power that does go with it, is conditioning. Today's public will assume (mostly from seeing the headline only) this item signifies justice being done, but then again, it's linked to Old News -- 9/11 is so, like, yesterday, man. And it was such a bummer. Who wants to be reminded? We've moved on -- to the same old universe of perennial struggles for (fill in the blanks of a thousand global battles of the minority with conscience against hopeless odds).

In our current socio-political environment, ultimately, simple, ordinary confusion and doubt keep carrying the day. Who knows what importance to assign anything, really? Some people say cigarettes cause cancer, others say they're like a chocolate dessert. Some say emissions warm the globe, others say that's great, it'll relieve overcrowding in Miami. "Doubt is our product" is the banner that should be emblazoned over America's major media mastheads. There's usually no attempt at verification any more. It's all stenography now. Tactically, that is sufficient for the Meister Race, for no one has to fool all the people all the time -- just enough of the people, enough of the time. Mission accomplished.

And the relatively few who see through the system are peace-loving enough not to take up arms against a sea of troubles. So, no worries at the top.

Let's just learn to enjoy our brave new world of boundless possibilities, shall we? Things are possible we never used to dream of. After all, The Day that Changed Everything even changed physical laws. Before 9/11, it took teams of experts weeks of careful preparation placing shaped charges to make tall buildings fall straight down into their own footprints. On 9/11, and for all we know, ever after, in the new universe, random strikes at any given point by an airliner could accomplish the same thing -- straight-on and high up, futher down and on a corner, no matter. I bet a wrecking ball with burning fuse and kerosene center on the second floor (or the 75th, what the heck!) would produce the same powderizing effect at a fraction of the time and cost.

"Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain." Johann Christian Friedrich von Schiller, The Maid of Orleans

Don Williams's picture

Good points Yossarian, but

Good points Yossarian, but can they not see that if justice was done on this scale it should be huge news? Why is it falling in line behind the latest on ANS. I'm no genius, so if I can see through this, then why are not millions of people demanding to know more about KSM? Can the whole populace be so brainwashed? It's as if a man stands on a crowded train and shouts, "Bloody murder. It's a bomb!" and everyone applauds politely and goes back to sleep. Something rotten in the state of Denmark.

Yossarian's picture

Actually, I feel EXACTLY the

Actually, I feel EXACTLY the same way, Don. Yes, you would think they'd know that should be big news, and should be closely examined. But a whole series of bizarre events over many years has disrupted their reasoning, it appears. But add the confused to the deluded, and the confused and deluded to the cowardly, and you've got a majority of support, Bush-style.

You know as well as I do that there are many here among us who lack all sense of proportion and perspective. You've had to argue with some of them, haven't you? I've certainly done so with many. But I find their interpretation of events will fall in exactly with the party line, and they have no clue their opinions are merely regurgitated script lines. These past years have also educated me to realize that, just as in George Orwell's novel, "1984," their very memories are affected by the party line. You want to talk war crimes, they were committed in 1991 when US forces destroyed infrastructure necessary for civilian life... when retreating military and civilian personnel alike vacating Kuwait were exterminate for hours on "the highway of death." I got angry denials from conned-servatives I knew that any of that even happened when I brought it up during Bush-2's drive for war. They seem to think we just used smart bombs that knew to only kill bad guys. I even got angry denials that Saddam had been treated as an ally and that Rumsfeld, acting as special envoy, had shaken his hand. Years of documented events were flushed down the memory hole in the minds of millions. Such are the members of Dear Leader's cult. It's quite frightening to witness the depth of their fanatical devotion to jingoistic fantasies.

Myself, I remember vividly, on other occasions, feeling exactly that way you're talking about, though, over and over during these nightmarish years. One such time was watching the Twin Towers turn to dust in a straight line of disintegration, 110 stories just flat-out dissolving in ten seconds — and then seeing the world seem to actually believe that an airliner could cause that nigh-incredible physical phenomenon. Wow. That was a lesson for me.

Then, there was the whole time BushCo beat the war drums, for months on end, while I recalled that there had been eight years of weapons inspections dismantling the WMD. Related, there was the time when Bush told the press, with Kofi Annan at his side, that war had been his last resort, but he'd invaded when Saddam "wouldn't let inspectors in," though Hans Blix and his team had had free reign but had to run for their lives when the "coalition of the willing" invaded. It was as if everyone was embarrassed to correct him, just like "The Emperor's New Clothes."

There were still many other other occasions when I'd watch "big" news embarrassing to the illegal "Administration" disappear from web sites on the same day it was posted; one example of that would be the 9/11 families who refused the government's hush money suing, for trillions, the alleged Saudi financiers of terrorism, including one of Osama's brothers in law Khalid bin Mahfouz, who is well-connected to members of the 9/11 commission. These alleged terror financiers were being defended by James Baker. It was a Newsweek story co-authored by Michael Isikoff, on and off MSN within hours. (The same thing happened when P.M. Tony Blair was "vindicated" in the mysterious, sudden death of straight-talking WMD expert, Dr. David Kelly, in the U.K., in the Lord Hutton Inquiry.)

As the media took to heart Ari Fleisher's injunction to "watch what you say, watch what you do," especially after a couple of columnists were summarily fired for criticizing Dear Leader's reactions on 9/11, the public has reacted like a stunned, poisoned fly stuck in a spider's web, waiting for the owner of the premises to decide to devour them. This degree of lethargy almost seems to go beyond mere conditioning. I sometimes think the public senses something really BIG here, and doesn't know enough, by and large, to want to try to buck the Reich's attack machinery. Interpretations of what the "something" is abound, from the threat of peak oil, to warning nations not to ditch the US petrodollar (the theories I favor), to that of "Islamo-fascism," to an Almighty-ordained, impending Armageddon (as Bush's fans flock to believe).

Divided, we fall.

Then, there's the apparent fact that psychologically, most Americans just don't want to believe their rulers really are evil and care no more for their lives than they do for "mere" foreigners, Arabs and Muslims. Why is that a man like Grover Norguist can found, and his Americans for Tax Freedom can share offices with, "The Islamic Institute," which can be raided by the FBI for suspected terror financing — and the nation doesn't notice? How can the "president's" uncle be a director of a military-industrial firm that sells advanced radar to the Chinese the year before they down a US spy plane, and be director of a bank (Riggs) that is also connected to laundering terror finance money — and the nation doesn't notice?
In the information over load era, it takes "OJ-Simpson" level coverage to penetrate the minds of the great mass of people any more. The owners of the "ownership society" know that, and they have the clout to contain and manage the news to just the pitch they want, or to have the CIA "play the media like a mighty Wurlitzer."

Political financiers have their own motives, including these and more, to not rock the boat too much. And the advantage in financing national election campaigns is waist, chest, head, and shoulders to the GOP. The Dems evidently fear they can't get too far off the reservation, lest they lose what little political mother's milk trickles their way, and they certainly do NOT trust the disorganized and fickle public to stop that gap. Yet, I hope the "Democracy Bonds" Howard Dean, as leader of the DNC, is trying to promote, catches on big-time. There must be a hundred million Democrats out there who can afford to pay $10 a month... individually, that's vending machine money, but collectively, that's one billion, two hundred million dollars that could be mustered to fight Republicans. We could at least do it for the little time left (perhaps) while we still have some kind of jobs and dollars to work with. Because the GOP has been much more successful so far with the War on Americans than they have with the War on Iraqis.

"Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain." Johann Christian Friedrich von Schiller, The Maid of Orleans

Yossarian's picture

This little gem has just

This little gem has just surfaced on this same topic:


"I must profess embarrassment. After 5 years of 9/11 activism KSM’s confession today has brought my world crashing down. After years of paranoid conspiracy theories I must now accept the government’s word that this confession is the genuine bona fide article – the final smoking gun behind 9/11.

It is therefore out of respect for our legal system that I will reproduce KSM’s confession here..."

(Get a load of this article...)

"Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain." Johann Christian Friedrich von Schiller, The Maid of Orleans

Don Williams's picture

Yo, Yossarian, I've been

Yo, Yossarian, I've been dismantling the Foxy lies you mention two posts ago, starting in 2001, all the way through, but there's no end to them as Trump trumpeted earlier in the week. As per your last post, now the man found guilty of murdering Daniel Pearl is appealing his conviction, thanks to KSM's tortured "confession." Curiouser and curiouser. Yep, hope those Democracy bonds catch on. Sounds like a good end run around corporate buying of elections. I'll do my part to promote them somewhere along the lines, but won't hold my breath.

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