Remember this guy? He's the planner who set up the 9/11 attacks. He personally arranged the death of over 3,000 Americans. He coordinated the plan to fly jets into the heart of our financial and government centers. He is Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and he deserves no voice in our government.
The New York Times is reporting that KSH has requested to speak before the U.S. Senate in the CIA nomination hearings for Gina Haspel.
Ms. Haspel ran a black-site prison in Thailand where another high-level detainee was tortured in late 2002. But it is not known whether she was involved, directly or indirectly, in Mr. Mohammed’s torture. Mr. Mohammed was held in secret C.I.A. prisons in Afghanistan and Poland.
Haspel did what she had to do. She is a respected career intelligence officer, and America was at war. Allowing our enemy to testify at her nomination hearing is, frankly, a travesty.
Mr. Mohammed’s request to provide unspecified information to the panel adds a new twist to that debate. It was described by one of his lawyers, Marine Lt. Col. Derek A. Poteet, who is helping to defend him from death penalty charges before the military commissions system at the Guantánamo Bay naval station.
No. A billion times, no. I think, regardless of what you think of Ms. Haspel, this would be the wrong move. Ben Domenech's tweet sums it up pretty well.
"I'm not a supporter of this nomination, but I do support a giant catapult to launch Khalid Shaikh Mohammed into the sun." Whether KSH is executed or not is a proper question. Allowing him to weigh in on who runs the CIA, in a disgraceful bit of political theater, is not proper in any sense.
Please, Senators: Do not listen to this man, and do not allow him a voice. His actions already spoke for him nearly 18 years ago.