19 March, 2007
The Pentagon claims that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, commonly known as KSM, has admitted being responsible `from A to Z` for the 11 September 2001 attacks.
KSM has also reportedly said he had personally decapitated kidnapped US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002 and admitted to a role in 30 other terrorist plots.
Regarded as one of the most senior operatives in Osama Bin Laden`s al-Qaeda network, he was captured in Pakistan in March 2003 and was sent to the US detention center in Cuba last year.
He has already been indicted, since 1996, with plotting to blow up 11 or 12 American airliners flying from Southeast Asia to the United States in January, 1995.
However, the US media raises doubts on the “confessions” of KSM and terms them result of torture.
Times and Newsweek magazines in their recent reports charge that Pentagon has tried to recede the role of Bin Laden in 9/11 terrorist attacks. About his confession about Denial Pearl’s murder, the Time magazine refers to the videotape of his murder and reports that the physique of the murderer shown in the video does not match with that of KSM.
According to Newsweek, KSM’s confessions have been acquired through torture, which is a clear violation of Geneva Convention.
Human Rights expert John Steven says that KSM must be produced in an open court so that he can defend himself.
Here are some questions
1) Do you think the `confessions` of KSM are reliable as stated?
2) Are his confessions result of torture, especially when he has not been produced before any court of since his arrest?
3) Do you think he could be the mastermind of such a sophisticated and well-planned 9/11 terrorist attacks and where does Osama stand now?
4) Why he and other alleged Al Qaeda operatives are not being produced in an open court if America has cogent proofs against them?
5) What would be standing of the sentences issued by Pakistani courts to different people in connection with the murder of Danial Pearl?