The Independent
March 3, 2003

A Breakthrough in the War on Terror?
I'll Believe It When We See Some Evidence

by Robert Fisk

FREE ebook "9/11 Unveiled"
American PatriotsMuslims didn't do it

. . . the last post known to be held by the former Kuwaiti with a Pakistani passport was media adviser to the marriage of Osama bin Laden's son in Kandahar in January of 2001.

. . . True, Mr Mohammed is the uncle of the 1993 World Trade Centre conspirator Ramzi Yousef and a brother of an al-Qa'ida operative. True, another brother was killed in a bomb explosion in Pakistan--he was allegedly making the bomb at the time. But claims that he was the 11 September "mastermind"--"It's hard to overstate how significant this is," the ever loquacious Mr Fleischer told the world yesterday--are still unprovable. Hitherto, the nearest to a "mastermind" anyone got was Mounir al-Motassadeq, who was jailed in Germany last month as an accessory to mass murder. . . .


"Bush Says Bin Laden Wanted Dead or Alive," ABC News, September 17, 2001

"Text: Bush Announces Strikes Against Taliban,", October 7, 2001

Rory McCarthy, "New offer on Bin Laden: Minister makes secret trip to offer trial in third country," Guardian, October 16, 2001

[A month after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush released a list of the world's most-wanted terrorists. There were 22 names on it. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was No. 22.

And the list wasn't alphabetical.

But, sometime between then and early Saturday morning, when Mohammed was captured in Pakistan, the U.S. government identified Mohammed as the mastermind behind the al-Qaida plot.--Debra Pickett, "'Terror Boss' Moves Up Ladder As U.S. Sees Fit," Chicago Sun-Times, March 4, 2003 -- the world's most-wanted terrorists list and Sun-Times article have been either moved or removed]

[Mrs Mahlaqa Khanum is the mother of Ahmed Qadoos, the 42-year-old Pakistani accused of sheltering the mastermind of the September 11 attacks. . . . His mother produced a medical report describing him as a "low IQ person" . . .

"They took my diaries and address book, a box of family photographs, tapes of the Koran that I like listening to and a computer we bought last month for the children." . . . Qadoos's daughter Aisha said: "It was our computer. We didn't even have the internet. It just had some games--Aladdin and The Lion King." . . .

The Qadoos family point to the photo of Khalid released by Pakistani authorities, purportedly showing him under arrest in the house, looking fat and dazed in a baggy vest as he stands against a wall of peeling paint. A thorough search of the house shows there is no such wall.--Christina Lamb, "Was Khalid Arrested Where the FBI Said He Was?," Sunday Times, March 9, 2003]

[A grainy video purporting to show the arrest of two al-Qaida leaders has done little to deflect accusations that Pakistan may have staged this month's raid to give it leeway to abstain in a UN vote on an Iraq war.--"Did Pak Stage Khalid Arrest?," Reuters, March 11, 2003]

Enver Masud, "Bin Laden Not Wanted for 9/11," The Wisdom Fund, June 8, 2006

[Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, confessed at a Guantanamo Bay military hearing that he planned and funded that al-Qaeda operation and said he was involved in more than two dozen other terrorist acts around the world, according to documents released by the Pentagon yesterday.--Josh White, "Alleged Architect Of 9/11 Confesses To Many Attacks," Washington Post, March 15, 2007]

In the KSM transcript, on page 20, KSM states that Daniel Pearl "have relation" with the CIA and Israel's, March 15, 2007

[Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's claims that he was responsible for dozens of successful, foiled and imagined attacks in the past 15 years relies on a loose definition of the word "responsible." . . . They view the claims as at least in part a rallying cry to bolster his image and that of al-Qaida in the only venue Mohammed has left: a military courtroom from which the public is barred. . . . One official cautioned that many of Mohammed's claims during interrogation were "white noise" - designed to send the U.S. on wild goose chases or to get him through the day's interrogation session.

Mohammed said his statement was not made under duress. But Mohammed and human rights advocates have alleged that he was tortured, and legal experts say that could taint all his statements.--Katharine Schrader, "Officials: Mohammed exaggerated claims," Associated Press, March 15, 2007]

Robert Baer, "Why KSM's Confession Rings False," Time, March 15, 2007

Dana Hughes, "Pearl Family Doubts KSM Confession,", March 16, 2007

[The impeccable timing - although more than four years late - of KSM's "confession" also happens to knock the scandal surrounding US President George W Bush's chief law enforcer and torture apologist, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, off the media cycle.--Pepe Escobar, "The waterboarded evildoer," Asia Times, March 17, 2007]

Andrew Gumbel, "Confession of 9/11 architect backfires on US," Independent, March 18, 2007

[In Baer's view, we should take it with a grain of salt. He further hints that, in the light of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's current lack of gravitas and obvious reliability as a witness, we should perhaps look to the contributions of other agents and state actors in our evolving understanding of the dynamics of al Qaeda. And though he now seeks to minimize the role of KSM in the Pearl killing - Baer considers him, as he has now learned through the proverbial grapevine, as more of a standby eyewitness than as an actual hands-on participant - Baer neglects to inform his readers of his own personal role in Daniel Pearl's investigation, a role that could arguably be said to have set Pearl directly on the course toward his tragic fate.--Chaim Kupferberg, "Robert Baer and Daniel Pearl: On The Trail Of The 9/11 Mastermind?," Global Research, March 19, 2007]

Michael Scheuer, "What's behind Khalid's 'confessions'," Asia Times, March 23, 2007

9/11 Unveiled FREE DOWNLOAD "9/11 UNVEILED"

Enver Masud, "9/11 Unveiled," The Wisdom Fund (September 11, 2008)

Enver Masud, "Report: 9/11 Mastermind, Bin Laden, Assassinated in Pakistan," The Wisdom Fund, May 6, 2011

Joanne Mariner, "The Trial of the Century?,", April 13, 2012

[Carle also played a role in revealing that supposed "al-Qaeda mastermind" Abu Zubeida turned out to be a mentally retarded individual who could barely mastermind the tying of his own shoes.

The retarded Abu Zubeida, under torture, apparently fingered Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) as a fellow (retarded?) "terrorist mastermind." Mohammed was then kidnapped and tortured relentlessly - presumably until he "broke" and began parroting the torturers' claim that he had something to do with 9/11.--"CIA whistleblower Glenn Carle on TJ Radio,", May 2, 2012]

back button