December 9, 2009
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and five co-defendants have been charged with conspiracy and related charges. Their trial, recently announced by president Barack Obama, will be held in federal court next year in New York. KSM has been labeled the “mastermind” behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and Obama has already declared him guilty. This article will analyze those conspiracy charges.
Conspiracy charges are very common in federal court, especially in the racist war on drugs, because it is easier to obtain convictions by positing a "conspiracy" than by proving defendants guilty of an actual crime. Now the federal government is using conspiracy charges in the racist war on terror.
Charging someone with "conspiracy" amounts to accusing that person of thoughtcrime. If a person imagines committing a crime, and discusses their thoughts with a second person who then mentions it to a third, all three people are vulnerable to conspiracy charges. This may be the case even when the first person is a government agent! A classic example is the case of the Liberty City 7, a hapless group of impoverished pot-smokers who, after being handed $50,000 by two undercover FBI agents, obligingly fantasized about blowing up the Sears Tower. In addition to indulging in pot-fueled verbal fantasies, these defendants supposedly committed one "overt act": they bought boots. The feds had to stage three show trials before they finally got a conviction, making a mockery of the Constitution's guarantee, "nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb." The case of the Liberty City 7, and countless similar conspiracy cases in the federal courts, suggest that the world's leading wild-eyed conspiracy theorists are federal prosecutors.
The charge sheet against KSM and his co-defendants lists alleged overt acts, numbered 1 to 169, which the government claims furthered the 9/11 conspiracy. For the government to win the case, they need to convince the jury that each defendant committed at least one overt act that furthered the alleged conspiracy. A quick perusal of the charge sheet, however, shows no evident connection between the vast majority of these overt acts and any alleged conspiracy to commit mass murder.
But to be cleared of all 169 overt acts, the defendants' best strategy may be to force the government to prove that the posited "Osama and 19 hijackers" conspiracy actually took place. Hundreds of expert witnesses (many listed here) are available to prove that it did not. Evidence that the 19 alleged hijackers were framed, discussed in Jay Kolar's scholarly article "What We Now Know About the Alleged 9/11 Hijackers" and in the works of David Ray Griffin, suggests that the current defendants may also have been framed. Intelligence agencies and associated criminal networks routinely frame patsies to take the blame for terrorist acts, assassinations, and similar crimes (Webster Tarpley, 9/11 Synthetic Terror).
The list of 169 alleged overt acts attempts to paint a negative picture of each defendant. No mention is made of any positive attributes. The list does not mention their occupations, marital status, whether they have children or family, hobbies, or what schools they attended. By leaving these items out, the government makes it easier to picture these accused men committing a heinous crime.
We have analyzed the specific overt acts attributed to KSM and his five co-defendants in great detail. The government has taken a few people who may have known some of the alleged 9/11 hijackers and/or had a business or personal relationship with a few of them, and constructed a giant conspiracy theory.
KSM and the other men on trial are scapegoats, like the victims of Stalin's show trials and the Inquisition's witch trials. Apparently the most important evidence will come from alleged confessions extracted from men tortured and held for years in solitary confinement at the Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) prison. It is critically important that the defense should point out, over and over, that the torture techniques applied to these defendants were developed specifically to elict false confessions, and that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has clearly stated that he "made up stories," i.e. gave false confessions under torture.
The Charge Sheet begins by listing the alleged aliases of the six accused men.
While reading this, please think like the jury and presume the defendants innocent. All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
In conspiracy trials, the government counts on finding jurors who will presume the defendants are guilty because they would not be on trial unless they did something wrong. That kind of thinking wins a lot of false convictions for the government in federal court.
From page one of the charge sheet:
“ALIASES OF ACCUSED:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (aliases Mukhtar al Baluchi; Hafiz; Meer Akram; Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al Ghamdi)
Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarek Bin 'Attash (aliases Khallad; Salah Saeed Mohammed Bin Yousaf; Silver; Tawfiq)
Ramzi Binalshibh (aliases Abu Ubaydah; Ahad Abdollahi Sabet; Abu Ubaydah al Hadrami)
Ali Abdul Aziz Ali (aliases Ammar al Baluchi; Isam Mansur; Isam Mansar; Isam Mansour; Ali; Hani.)
Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi (aliases Zahir; HaShem Abdollahi; Muhammad Ahanad; Abderahman Mustafa)
Mohamed al Kahtani (aliases Ahmed al Qahtani; Mohamed al Qahtani; Abdul Rahman al Janoobi)”
Conspicuous by his absence from the list of defendants is Osama bin Laden, who has never been charged in connection with 9/11 because, the FBI states, there is "no hard evidence" against him. If the list of overt acts were true, there would be plenty of hard evidence against him. This suggests that the charges against the six defendants cannot be true.
Please note that the charge sheet uses the conspiratorial term “aliases”, instead of the more sensible term “nicknames”, or simply “name variants”. Most people have all sorts of forms of names they use; first name only, last name only, middle name, middle initial, hyphenated names, titles, nicknames, etc. In addition, names translated from Arabic can have alternate spellings in English. Also, in Arabic, extra middle names, and extra family names are more commonly used than in English.