Friday, February 12, 2010

The KSM Effect

KSM actually gets more press than the VP. Stupid comparison, I know, since Joe the Plumber gets almost as much ink than Joe the Veep. But KSM stays in the headlines, and continues to have amazing powers of destruction from behind bars.

He once provided a list of terrorist deeds. Here's a list of acts committed since he's been locked up:
  • rattled the justice system,
  • damaged Bush's legacy,
  • helped bring the Democrats to power in 2006,
  • shook up the CIA and FBI,
  • made a liar out of Pelosi,
  • hastened the departure of Rosie
And now he might take down Eric Holder:
In fact, it appears that Holder may already be going under the bus
Next on his list--Obama's approval numbers, which explains the leak. Speaking of leaks, Cap'n Ed used this piece in the WaPo, which has a paragraph that seems erroneous:
In an effort to avoid leaks, Holder kept the decision close in the days leading up to his Nov. 13 news conference, calling New York officeholders that day to inform them.
Depends on the definition of "close". The AFP ran this story on June 26, 2009 hinting that KSM could be tried in a civilian court and the New York Times ran a leak on September 16, 2009, directly saying the administration was considering a federal trial in New York.

BTW, when KSM was brought before the military judge at Gitmo in 2007 and entered his plea, he admitted to a number of terrorist acts. There was a preliminary section where several things were admitted, including this:
6. I was directly in charge, after the death of Sheikh Abu Hafs al-Masri Subhi Abu Sittah, of managing and following up on the Cell for the Production of Biological Weapons, such as anthrax and others, and following up on Dirty Bomb Operations on American soil.
The document then listed another 29 items. Number 4 on the list was this:
I was responsible for the Shoe Bomber Operation to down two American airplanes.
Emphasis mine. We all know about the American 63 event with the infamous Richard Reid. But what was the other shoe bomb operation? Did it succeed?

MORE 2/13/10

The new narrative we are being asked to believe--that Obama will now become involved in the selection of trial location--sounds like a political tactic to give the prez deniability when they eventually back off the lower Manhattan venue. But c'mon, does anyone really think Obama was not making the decisions all along? Do they really think people are that dumb?


Debbie said...

Two shoe bombers, that's interesting. I don't remember reading that before.

Yes, KSM admitted to his terror attacks and future planned attacks, then asked to be given the death penalty. We should have listened and followed his advice.

Obama was in on the decisions concerning where to try them from the beginning. They must really think we are stupid.

Right Truth

A.C. McCloud said...

Well, you don't remember reading it because the press either ignored or missed it. It's possible he was trying to swipe credit for the American that crashed into Jamaica Queens in Nov 2001 due to pilot error. If he goes back to Gitmo and gets hung we will definitely never find out.

So here's a conspiracy theory for you--Holder said he had some secret information aside from the stuff gleaned from waterboarding. I've always thought that was designed as a political weapon of some sort, something that would be embarrassing if released, since most of the stuff is well known.

Suppose they had the goods on KSM for something the Bush folks tried to bury (for a variety of perhaps noble reasons) and he was hanging that over Cheney's head to keep him at bay. We haven't heard as much from Cheney since they announced the NY trial in Nov. as might be expected, especially since recent events have basically proven his point. Yes, he has come out once or twice, but nothing explosive. Who really knows what kind of games are being played.

A.C. McCloud said...

Well, so much for the Cheney theory..

Cheney on Sunday shows this week

It'll be interesting to hear what he says about federal trials, since the Bush admin pursued a good number of them.