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Commentary Last Updated: Feb 5th, 2010 - 00:55:34

Obama seeks $200 million fund for Khalid Sheik Mohammed trial security
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor

Feb 5, 2010, 00:33

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The Obama administration is proposing to pay $200 million for security expenses to any city that tries Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

It turns out that New York City has gotten cold feet about trying KSM as the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11/01 attacks. It turns out it will cost the already over-burdened budget of NYC, closing schools as we speak, upwards of a billion dollars for this show trial in a kangaroo court.

Well, everything costs more here, I guess, as our anti-terror and Homeland Security folks will tell you. We�re still a target. But you should know that KSM confessed to the CIA, after being water-boarded 183 times in 2003. His fellow prisoner Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002. Given the heat the torture generated, President Bush asked for �clean-confession,� i.e., no waterboarding, to tell it all once more. He got it from KSM. So this will be the third confession, the one for the money, with all the magic of three and the media attached to it.

Given the fantasy circumstances surrounding this trial, I suggested Disneyland to Kevin Barrett, calling in last Saturday on his radio show Truth Jihad. He one-upped me with how bout Terrorland. I thought it was, as they say in Hollywood, �high concept,� a fantasy theme park where the whole family can visit and be scared to death by terror boogey-men popping out from behind trees.

Actually, Terrorland is also in the title of David Hopsicker�s excellent book about the days of wine and roses for the box-cutter boys in Florida, as they purportedly prepared for the hijackings, snorting coke, boozing, and enjoying the pleasures of lap-dancers. It seems the devout box-cutter boys couldn�t wait for the promised 72 virgins in heaven. This as Mohammed Atta was flying dope in and out Florida, the state of Terrorland. It�s all in Hopsicker�s book, Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-up in Florida.

The editorial review on reads, �This in-depth investigation into the associations of Mohammad Atta and other terrorist pilots in Venice, Florida, as they prepared for the 9/11 attacks discloses that the FBI led a massive post-attack cover-up designed to conceal their knowledge of the terrorists� activities. Unreported stories including the assassination attempt on the life of President George W. Bush on the morning of September 11, 2001, and the rampant drug-trafficking of the financier behind the flight school the terrorist pilots attended are fully discussed, with attention to the stunning evidence that the CIA was aware that hundreds of Arab flight students were pouring into southwest Florida. This examination of the conspiracy behind the 9/11 investigation and the CIA complicity in the illegal activities that allowed the known terrorists� activities to continue offers truth behind the �official� story of the attacks.�

So, we can get a glimpse here that what the CIA, FBI and Bush administration told us about 9/11 was largely a pack of lies. So, Khalid Sheik Mohammed was and is confessing, in fact, to lies. But since most people don�t read books, especially about things like 9/11, which are so hard to fathom after a night of �reality TV,� the Housewives of Orange County, the Superbowl, or the latest cooking show, who�s gonna know? Dick Cheney once advised the administration they could do whatever they wanted; �People don�t read newspapers,� he proclaimed. So sound bite TV worked just fine for them until the 911 Truth Movement revved up. Now some of the brightest and best people in the world are reading, listening, and speaking out.

Also, one of the things that�s so interesting about the Washington Post�s story, the Trial of alleged Sept. 11 conspirators probably won�t be held in Lower Manhattan, is the side-by-side photos of KSM. In the shot on the left, he�s hairy, unshaven, in an old T-shirt, looking like a Middle Eastern bovine Stanley Kowalski from Street Car Named Desire, exhausted from shouting �Stelllllla!� In the photo to the right, we find a slenderized KSM in Taliban garb, right down to the mascara�d eyes and a long pepper and salt Osama bin Laden beard. In fact, he is the spitting image of Osama that the producers of this movie would love most somnambulant Americans to think was Obama about to confess. The before and after KSM shots are another masterpiece of CIA central casting and makeup. An Oscar nomination is in order.

But returning to where KSM could be tried, maybe it could Florida. That state brought us Jeb Bush as governor, and Greenberg Traurig, his law firm and George�s, which bought the election for them by promising Judge Scalia�s son, John, a partnership in their firm.

The day after, Anton Scalia, his father, handed over the deciding vote to quit counting votes and handed the election to Bush. Recently, Scalia handed over the tie-breaking vote for the rollback on restrictions concerning campaign contributions. There�s no telling what he�ll give away next. I mean this trial might be right at home in Florida.

One comment on the WP story read, �Why do they need a trial? Why don�t they just hang him and get it over with?� And like that. I mean, by now I�m sure KSM may feel the same way, and perhaps some of his 35 fellow prisoners also to be tried. These guys have been playing patsies for years now.

But we also have the central legal issue of trying KSM and Company in civilian courts where they might actually get some legal rights. This is a signature issue for Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder. Of course others, like the commenter, would just as soon see them tried Gitmo-style in a military venue, as enemy combatants, not POWs, but as al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists worthy of lynch-mob justice. Anthony Romero, executive director of the Civil Liberties Union commented that �As long as these trials occur in federal criminal courts with proper due-process protections, the actual venue doesn�t matter very much.� Let�s hope so.

Returning to locale, we have the Florida theme park notion, we have the bubble of a military base doing the trial civilian-style, surrounded by military for protection. Also offered up was the Eastern District of Virginia, a stone�s throw from Langley, where if the outcome does not come out right, they can always send over a few drones to finish the job. It�s all in a day�s work.

Some relatives of the victims of the 9/11 attacks (who don�t seem to have a clue) said the �administration should reconsider its decision to close Guantanamo Bay (meaning keep it open).� I can understand that grief and anger can drive people to dark places, but they may find some peace in the notion that others may bear the true guilt for the crimes of 9/11, and that a fair trial might help to establish that. The urge to hang someone, right or wrong, is strong. But does it serve the just cause of punishing the real culprits?

This is the point, and what pushed me to revisit this issue, not to be disrespectful of the dead and their families, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Unfortunately, Ellen Mariani, whose husband Neal died on Flight 175 that hit Tower 2, is still waiting for a trial concerning these events. She doesn�t seem to have gotten one after nearly nine years. She still lingers under a gag order for asking. It would seem justice delayed is justice denied. Originally, she sought a trial for wrongful death. Subsequently, she was advised by attorney Phil Berg to initiate a RICO suit against George Bush and many members of his administration. That suit was dismissed as was the wrongful death case for �national security� reasons. Nor has she received a penny in compensation funds given the denial of trials.

Somehow, we usually depict justice as being blindfolded, impartial, not necessarily totally blind, and in service of power not the people.

Yet, given the Mariani experience, and my experience attending four court sessions concerning 9/11 plaintiff families versus the defendant airlines, security companies, and the government . . . the victim family plaintiffs who were seeking trials and not the money from the Victim�s Compensation Fund (one or the other being the rule) . . . it seemed the court�s impetus was to urge the plaintiffs to take the money and seal their lips.

Supposedly, we are still struggling to get one family to a court case, right here in New York City, at the Daniel Moynihan Court House, Judge Alvin Hellerstein presiding. Somehow, it seems since 9/11 we have lost the knack for justice. Let�s see how it plays out with Khalid Sheik Mohammed, whom I believe is ready to confess to the events of Pearl Harbor, the last false flag event since 9/11. That�s a joke. But it contains some painful truth, perhaps too painful for most.

And perhaps that is the best reason to seek justice for KSM and his colleagues in another city. Perhaps we are too close to the center of the storm called 9/11. Or perhaps it�s just bad for Wall Street�s business and some of the 9/11 neighborhood conspirators to be constantly reminded of their tragic conspiracy.

Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer and life-long resident of New York City. Reach him at His new book, State Of Shock: Poems from 9/11 on� is available at, Amazon or

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