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Friday, March 10, 2017

KSM - Khalid Sheik Mohammed ... Thx Paul C!

 Mar 9, 2017 2:50 pm
Subject: Khalid Sheik Mohammed

This takes about 2 minutes to read, it is worth every second.  This is
something every person in America must know!!!!!

The single most prominent characteristic of contemporary America is
that common sense has been abandoned to political correctness and

As President George W. Bush's top speechwriter, Marc Thiessen (The
Kelly File on FOX) was provided unique access to the CIA program used
in interrogating top Al Qaeda terrorists, including the mastermind of
the 9/11 attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM).

Now, his riveting new book, Courting Disaster:  How the CIA Kept
America Safe (Regnery), has been published.  Here is an excerpt from
Courting Disaster:

"Just before dawn on March 1, 2003, two dozen heavily armed Pakistani
tactical assault forces move in and surround a safe house in
Rawalpindi.  A few hours earlier they had received a text message from
an informant inside the house.  It read: "I am with KSM."

Bursting in, they find the disheveled mastermind of the 9/11 attacks,
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in his bedroom.   He is taken into custody.
In the safe house, they find a treasure trove of computers, documents,
cell phones and other valuable "pocket litter."

Once in custody, KSM is defiant.  He refuses to answer questions,
informing his captors that he will tell them everything when he gets
to America and sees his lawyer.  But KSM is not taken to America to
see a lawyer Instead he is taken to a secret CIA "black site" in an
undisclosed location.

Upon arrival, KSM finds himself in the complete control of Americans.
He does not know where he is, how long he will be there, or what his
fate will be.  Despite his circumstances, KSM still refuses to talk.
He spews contempt at his interrogators, telling them Americans are
weak, lack resilience and are unable to do what is necessary to
prevent the terrorists from succeeding in their goals.  He has trained
to resist interrogation.  When he is asked for information about
future attacks, he tells his questioners scornfully:  "Soon, you will

It becomes clear he will not reveal the information using traditional
interrogation techniques.  So he undergoes a series of "enhanced
interrogation techniques" approved for use only on the most high-value
detainees.  The techniques include waterboarding.  He begins telling
his CIA de-briefers about active al Qaeda plots to launch attacks
against the United States and other Western targets.

He holds classes for CIA officials, using a chalkboard to draw a
picture of al Qaeda's operating structure, financing, communications,
and logistics.   He identifies al Qaeda travel routes and safe havens
and helps intelligence officers make sense of documents and computer
records seized in terrorist raids.  He identifies voices in
intercepted telephone calls, and helps officials understand the
meaning of coded terrorist communications. He provides information
that helps our intelligence community capture other high-ranking

KSM's questioning, and that of other captured terrorists, produces
more than 6,000 intelligence reports, which are shared across the
intelligence community, as well as with our allies across the world.
In one of these reports, KSM describes in detail the revisions he made
to his failed 1994-1995 plan known as the "Bojinka plot" to blow up a
dozen airplanes carrying some 4,000 passengers over the Pacific Ocean.
Years later, an observant CIA officer notices the activities of a cell
being followed by British authorities appear to match KSM's
description of his plans for a Bojinka-style attack.  In an operation
that involves unprecedented intelligence cooperation between our
countries, British officials proceed to unravel the plot.

On the night of Aug. 9, 2006, they launch a series of raids in a
northeast London suburb that lead to the arrest of two dozen al Qaeda
terrorist suspects.   They find a USB thumb-drive in the pocket of one
of the men with security details for Heathrow airport, and information
on seven Trans-Atlantic flights that were scheduled to take off within
hours of each other:

* United Airlines Flight 931 to San Francisco departing at 2:15 PM
* Air Canada Flight 849 to Toronto departing at 3:00 PM
* Air Canada Flight 865 to Montreal departing at 3:15 PM
* United Airlines Flight 959 to Chicago departing at 3:40 PM
* United Airlines Flight 925 to Washington departing at 4:20 PM
* American Airlines Flight 131 to New York departing at 4:35 PM
* American Airlines Flight 91 to Chicago departing at 4:50 PM

They seize bomb-making equipment and  hydrogen peroxide to make liquid
explosives.  And they find the chilling martyrdom videos the suicide
bombers had prepared.

Today, if you asked an average person on the street what they know
about the 2006 airlines plot, most would not be able to tell you much.
Few Americans are aware of the fact al Qaeda had planned to mark the
fifth anniversary of 9/11 with an attack of similar scope and
magnitude.   And still fewer realize the terrorists' true intentions
in this plot were uncovered thanks to critical information obtained
through the interrogation of the man who conceived it:  Khalid Sheikh

This is only one of the many attacks stopped with the help of the CIA
interrogation program established by the Bush Administration in the
wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

In addition to helping break up these specific terrorist cells and
plots, CIA questioning provided our intelligence community with an
unparalleled body of information about al Qaeda.

Until the program was temporarily suspended in 2006, intelligence
officials say, well over half of the information our government had
about al Qaeda-how it operates, how it moves money, how it
communicates, how it recruits operatives, how it picks targets, how it
plans and carries out attacks-came from the interrogation of
terrorists in CIA custody.

Former CIA Director George Tenet has declared:  "I know this program
has saved lives.  I know we've disrupted plots.  I know this program
alone is worth more than what the FBI, the Central Intelligence
Agency, and the National Security Agency put together have been able
to tell us."

Former CIA Director Mike Hayden has said: "The facts of the case are
that the use of these techniques against these terrorists made us
safer.  It really did work." Even Barack Obama's Director of National
Intelligence, Dennis Blair, has acknowledged:  "High-value information
came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided
a deeper understanding of the al Qaeda organization that was attacking
this country." Leon Panetta, Obama's CIA Director, has said:
"Important information was gathered from these detainees. It provided
information that was acted upon."

John Brennan, Obama's Homeland Security Advisor, when asked in an
interview if enhanced-interrogation techniques were necessary to keep
America safe, replied:  "Would the U. S. be handicapped if the CIA was
not, in fact, able to carry out these types of detention and
debriefing activities, I would say yes."

On Jan. 22, 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order 13491,
closing the CIA program, and directing that, henceforth, all
interrogations by U. S. personnel must follow the techniques contained
in the Army Field Manual.

The morning of the announcement, Mike Hayden was still in his post as
CIA Director.  He called White House Counsel Greg Craig and told him
bluntly: "You didn't ask, but this is the CIA officially
non-concurring."  The president went ahead anyway, overruling the
objections of the agency.

A few months later, on April 16, 2009, President Obama ordered the
release of four Justice Department memos that described in detail the
techniques used to interrogate KSM and other high-value terrorists
This time, not just Hayden (who was now retired) but five CIA
directors - including Obama's own director, Leon Panetta objected.
George Tenet called to urge against the memos' release.  So did Porter
Goss.  So did John Deutch.

Hayden says: "You had CIA directors in a continuous unbroken stream to
1995 calling saying, 'Don't do this.'"

In addition to objections from the men who led the agency for a
collective 14 years, the President also heard objections from the
agency's covert field operatives.

A few weeks earlier, Panetta had arranged for the eight top officials
of the Clandestine Service to meet with the President.  It was highly
unusual for these clandestine officers to visit the Oval Office, and
they used the opportunity to warn the President that releasing the
memos would put agency operatives at risk.

The President reportedly listened respectfully, and then ignored their
advice.  With these actions, Barack Obama arguably did more damage to
America 's national security in his first 100 days of office than any
President in American history.

But how many people know this?.... only the few that read this email
from beginning to end.

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