Can’t We Just Execute The 9/11 Mastermind?

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed shown after his capture.

He’s a terrorist and the self proclaimed mastermind of the worst terrorist attack in American history. His name is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and he is currently facing a military trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He and the four other co-defendants have been charged with 2,976 counts of murder yet they still manage to turn a standard 2 hour pretrial hearing into a 13 hour circus. They’re killers and a stagnant reminder of what was supposed to be a beautiful September day. They were to be tried in U.S courts however Congress blocked that action and so they sit smugly at Guantanamo Bay where hundreds of other terrorists and some innocents have sat awaiting a trial.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) came with some new provisions that allow not only for indefinite detention of civilians without a trial but it also gave the President the authority to assassinate American citizens. The only trial they would get is whether or not the drone is functioning properly. Yes you read that right, American citizens can be assassinated by their own government. Predictably this caused a bit of a stir and so Obama stated that his administration would never use those powers but what happens after he leaves? Your guess is as good as mine.

“President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director. “The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield. The ACLU will fight worldwide detention authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or internationally.” ACLU

So if the President can throw the judicial branch out the window in the name of national security then why can’t we just kill the mastermind of 9/11? Why does he get a trial when an American potentially would not? Is it because he is of Pakistani origin and we fear rocking the boat? Here is a list of what Mohammed had been up to before he was caught.

He has been charged with war crimes, thousands of murders and faces the death penalty. It’s almost a sure thing that he will be executed but until that can happen he gets to continue to disrupt the trial and ignore the military judge. It is a dog and pony show where we are trying to get “justice” where the only justice is revenge. He deserves a military funeral and by that I mean a firing squad. A full 21 gun salute with live ammo. He is currently getting better treatment than that of a possible American being vaporized by his own government. He at least is getting a trial whereas an American can be held forever without one. We’ve let many leave GTMO without a trial only for them to go back to their terrorist ways. Are we actually risking putting this guy back into the world? Why is it the United States is now affording more rights to self confessed terrorists than they would their own citizens accused of similar crimes? Is this what the American way has boiled down to? Frankly I’m sick to my stomach.

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According to different sources, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was born in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on March 1, 1964, or April 14, 1965, to parents who migrated from Balochistan, Pakistan. He spent some of his formative years in Kuwait, just like his nephew, Ramzi Yousef (three years his junior). He joined the Muslim Brotherhood at age sixteen. He returned to Pakistan soon after, and after spending some time there, went to the United States for further study.

He attended Chowan College and completed a degree in mechanical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1986. The following year he went to Afghanistan, where he and his brothers (Zahed, Abed, and Aref) fought against the Soviet Union during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. (Some sources claim that Khalid was fighting in Afghanistan before he moved to the United States.) There, he was introduced to Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, of the Islamic Union Party. The 9/11 Commission Report notes on page 149 that “Sayyaf part of the Afghan Northern Alliance”.

The 9/11 Commission Report also notes that, “By his own account, KSM’s animus toward the United States stemmed not from his experiences there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel.”

The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a controversial detainment and interrogation facility of the United States located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The facility was established in 2002 by the Bush Administration to hold detainees from the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq. It is operated by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) of the United States government in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which is on the shore of Guantánamo Bay. The detainment areas consist of three camps: Camp Delta (which includes Camp Echo), Camp Iguana, and Camp X-Ray, the last of which has been closed. The facility is often referred to as Guantánamo, G-Bay or GTMO, after the military abbreviation for the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

After the US Department of Justice advised that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp could be considered outside U.S. legal jurisdiction, the first twenty captives arrived at Guantanamo on January 11, 2002. After the Bush administration asserted that detainees were not entitled to any of the protections of the Geneva Conventions, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld on June 29, 2006, that they were entitled to the minimal protections listed under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. Following this, on July 7, 2006, the Department of Defense issued an internal memo stating that prisoners would in the future be entitled to protection under Common Article 3.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 was signed into United States law on December 31, 2011, by President Barack Obama.

The Act authorizes $662 billion in funding, among other things “for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad.” In a signing statement, President Obama described the Act as addressing national security programs, Department of Defense health care costs, counter-terrorism within the U.S. and abroad, and military modernization. The Act also imposes new economic sanctions against Iran (section 1045), commissions reviews of the military capabilities of countries such as Iran, China, and Russia, and refocuses the strategic goals of NATO towards energy security.

The most controversial provisions to receive wide attention are contained in Title X, Subtitle D, entitled “Counter-Terrorism.” In particular, sub-sections 1021 and 1022, which deal with detention of persons the government suspects of involvement in terrorism, have generated controversy as to their legal meaning and their potential implications for abuse of Presidential authority. Although the White House and Senate sponsors maintain that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) already grants presidential authority for indefinite detention, the Act states that Congress “affirms” this authority and makes specific provisions as to the exercise of that authority. The detention provisions of the Act have received critical attention by, among others, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and some media sources which are concerned about the scope of the President’s authority, including contentions that those whom they claim may be held indefinitely could include U.S. citizens arrested on American soil, including arrests by members of the Armed Forces. Source: Wikipedia

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Author: James

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  • noman

    if ur government execute him obviously he will be more famous than the past & even he ma be enter to the glories history of Islamic fighter against the west policy.but if u execute him & all his friend & the inmates of Cuba, again u fill find someone who is standing in ur policy face…you know what u American nation are paying the fees of this dirty war against Islam…& who is wining in this game?!!
    of-course the political men & the men of white house (like Bush & his group) they are gaining money behind this war, again who pay the price of war ?!!? again you poor people of united state!!! why ?!!? bcz of national security, this game is continue … until u learn the lesson…defiantly never…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulim_1Vlpwo

  • Kristin

    I don't believe in the death penalty. Giving the government the right to kill people is the height of insanity (war is a long and more difficult topic/scenario). I say he spends the rest of his life in a cage – sounds like hell on earth to me. I could go on, but realize I don't have it in me. The number of tragedies and injustices happening at every moment are overwhelming.

    • James

      Spending life in Prison (especially for him) would be hell on earth however there are those who want an eye for an eye. Not necessarily "justice" but it's almost instinct to ask for blood in some situations. Do you fear that if the government is no longer allowed to execute people that vigilante justice would become more popular?

      Thank you for your comment and refreshing opinion.

  • Mary

    Can't, the hippies will be sad.