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October 19, 2012

KSM and national security

Filed under: Legal Issues,Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on October 19, 2012

The following is a statement, translated from Arabic, made by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed directed at judge (and US Army Colonel) James Pohl during pre-trial proceedings on Wednesday.  The defendant, often known as KSM, is accused of being the principal planner and controller of the 9/11 attacks.

KSM is  charged with committing  eight offenses: conspiracy; attacking civilians; attacking civilian objects; intentionally causing serious bodily injury; murder in violation of the law of war; destruction of property in violation of the law of war; hijacking or hazarding a vessel or aircraft; and terrorism.

Transcripts of the Military Commission’s proceedings related to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed are available at:  http://www.mc.mil/CASES/MilitaryCommissions.aspx

Yes. In the name of God, most graceful, the government at the end of the argument gave you an advice. They told you any decision you’re going to issue you have to keep in mind the national security and to remember that there were 3,000 people killed on September 11. And I would like to give you a similar advice.

Any decision you will take, you have to keep in mind that the government, that the government is using the definition of national security as it chooses. And this expression has a definition in the Military Commission’s Rules.

We have heard the expression of national security again yesterday and today about tens of times. And everyone use this expression as he or she chooses. But legislators and legal people who deal in the legal field, they have to differentiate between the politicians’ use of this word and the legal people’s use of this word.

When the government feels sad for the death or killing of 3,000 people who were killed on September 11, we also should feel sorry that the American government, who is represented by General Martins and others, (has) killed thousands of people—millions.

This definition is a resilient definition, lasting. Every dictator can put on this definition as they choose, as he chooses to step on every definition in this world, every person, and every law and every constitution.

With this definitions, many can evade the rule and also can go against it. Many can kill people under the name of national security and to torture people under the name of national security and to detain children under the name of national security, underage children.

I don’t want to be long, but I can say that the president can take someone and throw him in the sea under the name of national security. And so—well, he can also legislate the killings, assassinations under the name of national security, (of) American citizens.

My only advice to you, that you do not get affected by the crocodile tears. Because your blood is not made of gold and ours is made out of water. We are all human beings. Thank you.

The trial of KSM has been complicated by waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation” of the defendant.   There have been several reports of KSM having confessed to his role in 9/11 and other conspiracies and attacks.

 

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Comment by William R. Cumming

October 22, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

For a legal analysis and history of the KSM case go to Lawfare.com!

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