Letter From 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Reaches White House
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama that ended up at the White House this week.
CBS News reported that officials confirmed his letter arrived at the White House, but further details were not revealed.
The letter was written by Mohammed in 2014, and it was only delivered to the White House after a judge ordered Guantanamo Bay prison officials to send it.
The Miami Herald reported that Mohammed “wrote to Obama in 2014 about ‘Muslim oppression at the hands of the West in general and the United States in particular,’ his lawyer David Nevin said then. He also shares his views on what happened in Iraq during the period of U.S. sanctions and ‘events in Palestine and Gaza over the years.'”
War prosecutor Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins reportedly didn’t want the letter sent to the White House, saying it’s propaganda.
Mohammed, known as KSM, is awaiting his death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay, where he’s being held on charges of planning the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
More than a month ago, Mohammed admitted that former President George W. Bush’s response stunted al-Qaeda’s plans for another 9/11 attack.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed made the confession in a new memoir, “Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America” written by James E. Mitchell.
“Then he looked at me and said, ‘How was I supposed to know that cowboy George Bush would announce he wanted us ‘dead or alive’ and then invade Afghanistan to hunt us down?'” Mitchell writes. “KSM explained that if the United States had treated 9/11 like a law enforcement matter, he would have had time to launch a second wave of attacks.” He was not able to do so because al-Qaeda was stunned “by the ferocity and swiftness of George W. Bush’s response,” according to the Washington Post.