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