Who Really Is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?
J. Adams | March 1st, 2008 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.SpiritOfTruth.org | www.LaurieMylroie.com
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) is the terrorist mastermind who was admittedly behind 9/11 and almost all the other major terrorist attacks against U.S. interests to-date that have been attributed to al Qaeda. He is the principle cause of America's War On Terror. Hence, his true identity is of the utmost importance to U.S. national security.
According to his official biography, Khalid Mohammed studied in the U.S. for three years between 1983 and 1986 and received a college degree in mechanical engineering. As Time magazine reported regarding KSM : "His English is flawless, and his intelligence formidable. He raced through an engineering degree at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro in just two and a half years, graduating in 1986" ("Terrorism's Missing Link", Time, 2/20/03). Likewise, CBS News reported that KSM "was educated in North Carolina and speaks perfect English" ("Alleged 9-11 Mastermind Nabbed", CBS News, 3/2/03). Up until his capture, the Khalid Mohammed who studied and received an engineering degree in the U.S. was known to speak English fluently.
Now let's consider an excerpt from the transcript of Khalid Mohammed's military tribunal during which he confessed to masterminding 9/11 and many other terrorist attacks. (In the tribunal Khalid opted to testify in English and his words were transcribed verbatim.) Below is the key paragraph where KSM says "Yes" to 31 stated confessions including responsiblity for the 9/11 attacks (from A to Z) and the first terrorist attempt to destroy the World Trade Center towers in 1993:
BEGIN DETAINEE ORAL STATEMENT
Is the tortured English spoken in the confession above consistent with someone known to speak "flawless" English who earned a four-year degree in mechanical engineering in less than three years at an American college? (Please note that this portion of KSM's testimony has been deleted from the audio file online at DefenseLink.mil for some reason.)
What's also rather suspicious are the pictures taken of Khalid Mohammed right after his capture on March 1st of 2003:
How old does this man appear to be to you?
According to the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was born on April 14th, 1965, making him 37-years-old when the photo above was taken following his capture. Does the man above look like he's 37 years old?
If you are of sound and open mind, you should realize that there is something seriously amiss regarding the presumed identity of KSM. The man captured and considered to be Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by U.S. authorities may, in fact, be someone else. In other words, the person now in custody at Guantanamo is quite possibly using a LEGEND, i.e., a false identity, stolen from a real individual named Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
On March 1st, 2003, I met with Dr. Laurie Mylroie, author of War Against America: Saddam Hussein and the World Trade Center Attacks - A Study Of Revenge (2001) and BUSH VS. THE BELTWAY: How the CIA and the State Department Tried to Stop the War on Terror (2003), at the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton for lunch to discuss Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
We were meeting because I had earlier discovered, upon reading a lengthy article, "The Plots and Designs of Al Qaeda's Engineer", which appeared in the Los Angeles Times (12/21/2002), that Khalid Mohammed was the uncle of Abdul Basit, rather than the terrorist mastermind Ramzi Yousef, as was being widely reported at the time. This is critical because in her work, Dr. Mylroie posits that Abdul Basit is a Kuwaiti that Ramzi Yousef sought to assume the identity of in pursuing his terrorist operations against the U.S. including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the first attempt to destroy the Twin Towers (see Chapter 5 from Study Of Revenge). [Please note that, even though Abdul Basit was born in Kuwait, he still was technically a Pakistani living in Kuwait because of the emirate's laws regarding foreigners....the same goes for KSM]. If Khalid Mohammed was Yousef's "uncle", then the odds were that Khalid Mohammed was likewise a Kuwaiti identity being used falsely by a state-sponsored operative to conduct terror operations against the U.S. in a surreptitious manner. One would think a nephew and uncle would recognize if the other was eliminated and a terrorist infamous around the world had assumed their identity.
Before going public with this information, Laurie wanted to have lunch with me to discuss what I discovered as she wished to preempt publication of the case regarding Iraqi complicity in 9/11 with an article that appeared seventeen days later, just before the Iraq War commenced, in the Wall Street Journal dubbed, "The Baluch Connection: Is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed tied to Baghdad?" (3/18/03). As it turned out, just before I left my hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton to meet Dr. Mylroie for lunch that day, news broke that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had been arrested in Pakistan. Indeed, I got to break the news to Dr. Mylroie and she responded "that's huge".
The critical point is that the same argument that Dr. Mylroie made regarding Ramzi Yousef in Study Of Revenge can be applied to Khalid Mohammed. Accordingly, in the same way Dr. Mylroie established Saddam Hussein's complicity in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the first attempt to take down the Twin Towers, one can establish Saddam's involvement in 9/11. In Bush vs. the Beltway (2003), Dr. Mylroie spells out the case as follows:
THE IDENTITIES OF ALL these individuals - Ramzi Yousef; Yousef's uncle Khalid Shaikh Mohammed; Yousef's two brothers, Abd al Munim and Abd al Karim; and Yousef's childhood friend, Abdul Hakim Murad - are all based on documents from Kuwait. (That may be true also for Yousef's cousin, Ali Abdul Aziz.) And these documents all come from files that predate Kuwait's liberation.
But, of course, nothing in Kuwait's files from that time can be assumed to be reliable. Iraq occupied the country from August 2, 1990, until its liberation on February 28, 1991. During that time, Iraqi intelligence had ample opportunity to tamper with Kuwait's files, if it so chose.
It is a standard practice of Soviet-style intelligence agencies to develop a false identity, or "legend," for agents involved in "wet" or illegal operations. The purpose, of course, is to avoid retaliation for an act of aggression by preventing it from being traced back to the sponsor.
There exists an alternative explanation to the theory that these Baluch terrorists represent a single, uniquely violent (and - from a certain perspective - an unusually talented) family: that is, these people are elements of Iraq's Baluch network who were given legends by the Iraqi mukhabarrat (intelligence) during Iraq's occupation of Kuwait. The Baluch network was actively used by Iraq throughout the Iran-Iraq war; it would still have been available two years later, when Iraq invaded Kuwait.
At that time, 95,000 Pakistanis lived in Kuwait. Shortly after the invasion, Iraqi forces seized some two dozen Pakistani nationals and held them hostage. This was, of course, a very violent period, and there has been no real accounting of what happened to third world nationals then. Legends could easily have been developed for Iraqi intelligence agents, using the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry files of individuals who died in that period. Indeed, it would not have been beyond the Iraqis to have killed people for that purpose; or, they could have made up entire files.
THERE REALLY WAS an individual named Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, born to Pakistani parents in Kuwait on April 24, 1965. He grew up in Kuwait, attended high school there, and graduated in 1983. In January 1984 he traveled to the United States to enroll at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, a small Baptist school that had begun aggressively recruiting foreign students to boost its enrollment. After one semester at Chowan, Mohammed transferred to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T), a historically black college in Greensboro. He graduated in December 1986, with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.
the September 11 terrorist mastermind, now in U.S. custody, the same
person as the individual described above? Or did the real Khalid Shaikh
Mohammed die, and was his identity then assumed by a terrorist agent?
At the time of the terrorist's arrest, Mohammed would have been only
thirty-seven years old - but the arrest photo, with its grizzled side-burns
and heavy jowls, suggests an older man.
Now here's what is key....with both Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Mohammed in U.S. custody, America's. intelligence services can establish whether or not they are related through DNA testing. Such a DNA comparison is even more potentially tell-tale today because, as Laurie Mylroie points out in an American Spectator article dubbed "How Little We Know" (Oct., 2006), the U.S. has nabbed three of Khalid Mohammed nephews other than Ramzi Yousef: Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, the 9/11 money man, and two of Ramzi's brothers, Abdul Munim Yousef and Abdul Karim Yousef. The DNA of all the members of this mysterious Baluchi family from Kuwait should be compared to determine whether or not these terrorists are related, because, if they are not, it follows that they are most likely operatives using assumed identities from a likely dead Kuwaiti family. In other words, U.S. intelligence is currently in a position to uncover a forensic SMOKING GUN of Iraqi complicity in 9/11 and almost all of the terrorism against the U.S. to-date that's been attributed to al Qaeda.