Commission’s allegations based on unverified testimonies by alleged al Qaeda leader
“No one exemplifies the model of the terrorist entrepreneur more clearly than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks.” (Report by the Commission of Inquiry, Chapter 5, p. 145)
“KSM has insisted to his interrogators that he always contemplated hijacking and crashing large commercial aircraft. Indeed, KSM describes a grandiose original plan: a total of ten aircraft to be hijacked, nine of which would crash into targets on both coasts ? they included those eventually hit on September 11 plus CIA and FBI headquarters, nuclear power plants, and the tallest buildings in California and the state of Washington. KSM himself was to land the tenth plane at a U.S. airport and, after killing all adult male passengers on board and alerting the media, deliver a speech excoriating U.S. support for Israel, the Philippines, and repressive governments in the Arab world…This is theater, a spectacle of destruction with KSM as the self-cast star ? the superterrorist.” (p. 154).
The above account by the Commission is based on its alleged “review of intelligence reports based on communications received from the locations where the actual interrogations took place”.
The Commission admits that its access to “statements? by alleged al Qaeda detainees had been “limited to the review of intelligence reports based on communications received from the locations where the actual interrogations take place”. The Commission members “were [not] allowed to talk to the interrogators”, and were told that requests for information “might disrupt the sensitive interrogation process”.