U.S. military prosecutors will file charges on Monday against the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and five other Guantanamo prisoners and will seek to execute them if they are convicted, officials involved in the process said..Reuters didn't waste any time in mentioning the 'torture' aspect here--the government has already admitted they waterboarded KSM to get vital info and according to treaties, any evidence acquired using torture cannot be used against someone. So there's a lot riding on the meaning of the word torture here. Ironically the Attorney General has yet to stipulate on that matter.
None of which means KSM doesn't deserve to to executed in the most heinous fashion imaginable, say perhaps by being lit on fire and dropped from the top of the Sears Tower (it would certainly approximate the suffering of the people he 'touched'). But this move will undoubtedly also fan the flames of those who refuse to believe in his proclaimed super-terrorist qualities. We'll apparently have to wait awhile--the trials will likely be dragged out well into the next administration, which could be interesting in and of itself.
By the way, something from KSM's confession (and mentioned in the Reuters story) continues to be mildly intriguing:
Mohammed also said he was responsible for a 1993 attack on New York's World Trade Center, the bombing of a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia,, and an attempt to down two American airplanes using shoe bombs. He also confessed to the beheading of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl.Specifically, his testimony said, "I was responsible for the shoe bomber operation to down two American airplanes". Everyone knows about Richard Reid and American Airlines flight 63, but who was the other shoe bomber?
HERE WE GO AGAIN 2/11/08
If this speculation is correct then who was doing all the recent puppeteering, George Lucas? Or shall we check Mr. Cheney's basement (sorry, it would be said anyway). Second question, would a confirmed bin Laden death mean anything politically? McCain has repeatedly said he would chase UBL to the gates of hell while Obama has said he would unilaterally invade Pakistan to fetch him out of a cave. Hmm...advantage, Democrats.