Interview of Michael Springman, Former Consulate officer in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Where 15 of the 19 Terrorist Hijackers Obtained Visas Alex Jones Radio Show May 1, 2002 Partial Transcript WWW.INFOWARS.COM AJ: I’m reading from a transcript from the BBC … Read more . . .
Is there more to the capture of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed than meets the eye? By Paul Thompson March 4, 2003 (Updated March 6, 2003) Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on March 1, 2003. General elation greeted the … Read more . . .
The “arrest” of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Published on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 by ReutersPakistan Accused of Staging Bin Laden Aide Arrestby Simon Denyer ISLAMABAD – A grainy video purporting to show the arrest of two al Qaeda leaders has done … Read more . . .
CIA Puts Harsh Tactics On Hold Memo on Methods Of Interrogation Had Wide Review By Dana Priest Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, June 27, 2004; Page A01 The CIA has suspended the use of extraordinary interrogation techniques approved by the … Read more . . .
"Binalshibh, who was captured last week in Pakistan, has been handed over to U.S. authorities and moved out of that country. He is to be taken to an undisclosed third country for further interrogation, officials said… This official would not disclose the location or even the country where Binalshibh is being held, and said U.S. investigators are not pressing for Binalshibh to be brought to the United States at the moment."
In May, German authorities asked the United States to provide access to six key witnesses, including Ramzi Binalshibh, a Yemeni who is believed to have been the Hamburg al Qaeda cell’s key contact with Osama bin Laden’s organization.
However, in its letter, the United States said that even information on whether a given individual was in custody was classified as secret.
Other key witnesses sought by German authorities include suspected September 11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is thought to be the mastermind of the attacks.
Opening the retrial Tuesday, Judge Schudt said the Hamburg state court wouldn’t be swayed by political pressure.
"For me, this is not about fulfilling the expectations of governments or the public," he said. "The black hole in the chain of evidence will close. We will certainly not sink into it."
El Motassadeq smiled but said nothing as he entered the court. He briefly answered questions about his identity but turned down the judge’s offer to respond to the indictment, AP reported.
El Motassadeq’s lawyer said he would maintain his client’s innocence, then ask the court to drop the proceedings because past experience showed el Motassadeq would not get a fair trial.
Lawyer Josef Graessle-Muenscher told AP he would argue that torture "underlies the interrogation system of the United States," making any evidence from Binalshibh or Mohammed inadmissible even if it is provided.
He cited reports from prisoners released from U.S. military detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the policy of holding Taliban and al Qaeda suspects without giving them the usual rights of prisoners of war set out in the Geneva Conventions, AP said.
El Motassadeq is accused of helping pay tuition and other bills for members of the Hamburg al Qaeda cell, which included suicide hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah, to allow them to live as students as they plotted the attacks.
He admitted training in bin Laden’s camps in Afghanistan, and witnesses at his trial testified that he was as radical as the rest of the group, often talking of jihad — holy war — and his hatred of Israel and the United States.
He signed Atta’s will and had power of attorney over al-Shehhi’s bank account.
El Motassadeq has said he was nothing more than close friends with the others and did only things that a good Muslim would do for any "brother."
CNN’s Chris Burns contributed to this report
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October 12, 2004 – Report: At least 11 Al-Qaida suspects are "missing" in U.S. custody including alleged architect of 9/11, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, and Abu Zubaydah, who is believed to be a close aide to Osama bin Laden. "At least … Read more . . .
? March 19, 2004 – House votes to double reward for Osama bin Laden from $25 million to $50 million. The House of Representatives, amid an intensifying hunt for leaders of the al Qaeda terrorist network, voted unanimously Thursday to … Read more . . .
Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman? January 11, 2005 – Robert Scheer, Los Angeles Times "Is it conceivable that Al Qaeda, as defined by President Bush as the center of a vast and well-organized international terrorist conspiracy, does not … Read more . . .
Bin Laden: Yes, I did it By David Bamber (Filed: 11/11/2001) OSAMA BIN LADEN has for the first time admitted that his al-Qa’eda group carried out the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, the Telegraph can … Read more . . .
December 13, 2001 Ray Suarez reports on a video tape, released today by the Pentagon, which the Bush administration says clearly proves Osama bin Laden masterminded the Sept. 11th attacks. Then, two experts analyze the tape. … Read more . . .
Does al-Qaeda exist? Not in the way that we think, say some terrorism experts. by Brendan O’Neill28 November 2003 http://www.spiked-online.com/Articles/00000006DFED.htm Al-Qaeda bombing foiled’ says the front page of today’s UK Sun, reporting the arrest yesterday of 24-year-old student Sajid Badat … Read more . . .
The US must be careful about its use of the term “Al Qaeda.” Meaning “the base” in Arabic, it originally referred to an Afghan operational base for the mujahideen during the Soviet occupation in the ’80s.Read more . . .
World Divided Over Authenticity of Bin Laden Tape Islamonline & News Agencies, 14 December 2001 DOHA, Dec. 14 (Islamonline & News Agencies) – The world was divided Friday over the Osama bin Laden videotape with Arabs and many Asian countries … Read more . . .