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Bin Laden associates show no remorse in statements

March 23, 2014 • National News


FILE -In this March 1, 2003 file photo, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seen shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. Responding to an inquiry by Sulaiman Abu Ghaith’s attorney, the architect of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States still boasts that the Taliban was good for Afghanistan and a leader among Muslim-led governments plus everything Osama bin Laden said was right. Mohammed is being detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Abu Ghaith is being tried at Federal Court in New York for conspiring to kill Americans. (AP Photo, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — In public statements a week apart, al-Qaida’s self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind and a Kuwaiti imam who met with Osama bin Laden in a cave soon after the attacks once again demonstrated that time hasn’t softened their anti-American views.

If anything, Khalid Sheik Mohammed — in new writings from his Guantanamo Bay cell — and Sulaiman Abu Ghaith — on trial in Manhattan federal court — are using courtroom theater, intentionally or not, to press their case that the United States is such a bully in the Middle East that even killing civilians was justified.

“The entire trial is frozen in time if you think about it,” said Karen J. Greenberg, the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law who was one of the few people in the Manhattan courtroom Thursday when the surprise announcement was made that Abu Ghaith would testify. “Because the trial is focused on the moment of 9/11, it makes everybody seem like they’re frozen in the time of 9/11.”

Mohammed’s words emerged a week ago in a written statement responding to more than 400 questions from defense lawyers in their failed Login to read more

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