The first confession released by the Bush regime's
Military Tribunals – that of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – has discredited the entire
process. Writing in Jurist, Northwestern University law professor Anthony D'Amato
likens Mohammed's confession to those that emerged in Stalin's show
trials of Bolshevik leaders in the 1930s.
That was my own immediate thought. I remember speaking years ago with Soviet
dissident Valdimir Bukovsky about the behavior of Soviet dissidents under torture.
He replied that people pressed for names under torture would try to remember
the names of war dead and people who had passed away. Those who retained enough
of their wits under torture would confess to an unbelievable array of crimes
in an effort to alert the public to the falsity of the entire process.
That is what Mohammed did. We know he was tortured, because his response to
the obligatory question about his treatment during his years of detention is
redacted. We also know that he was tortured, because otherwise there is no point
for the US Justice (sic) Dept. memos giving the green light to torture or for
the Military Commissions Act, which permits torture and death sentences based
on confessions extracted by torture.
Mohammed's confession of crimes and plots is so vast that Katherine Shrader
of the Associated Press reports that the Americans who extracted Mohammed's
confession do not believe it either. It is exaggerated, say Mohammed's
tormentors, and must be taken with a grain of salt.
In other words, the US torture crew, reveling in their success, played into
Mohammed's hands. Pride goes before a fall, as the saying goes.
Mohammed's confession admits to 31 planned and actual attacks all over
the world, including blowing up the Panama Canal and assassinating presidents
Carter and Clinton and the Pope. Having taken responsibility for the whole ball
of wax along with everything else that he could imagine, he was the entire show.
No other terrorists needed.
Reading responses of BBC listeners to Mohammed's confession reveals that
the rest of the world is either laughing at the US government for being so stupid
as to think that anyone anywhere would believe the confession or damning the
Bush regime for being like the Gestapo and KGB.
Humorists are having a field day with the confession: "'I'm
a very dangerous mastermind,' said Mohammed, who confessed to the kidnapping
of the Lindbergh baby, the Brink's robbery, St. Valentine's Day Massacre,
and the Lincoln and McKinley assassinations. Mohammed also accepted responsibility
for spreading hay fever and cold sores around the world and for rained out picnics."
If there was anything remaining of the Bush regime not already discredited,
Mohammed's confession removed any reputation left.
The most important part of the Mohammed story is yet to make the headlines.
Despite having held and tortured hundreds of detainees for years in Gitmo, and
we don't know how many more in secret prisons around the world, the US government
has come up with only 14 "high value detainees."
In other words, the government has nothing on 99 percent of the detainees who
allegedly are so dangerous and wicked that they must be kept in detention without
charges, access to attorneys and contact with families.
And little wonder. The vast majority of detainees, alleged "enemy combatants,"
are not terrorists captured by the CIA and brave US troops. They are hapless
persons who happened to be outside their tribal or home territories and were
kidnapped by criminal gangs or warlords who profited greatly at the expense
of the naive Americans who offered bounties for "terrorists."
The US government does not care that innocent people have been ensnared, because
the US government desperately needs both to prove that there are vast numbers
of terrorists and to demonstrate its proficiency in protecting Americans by
capturing terrorists. Moreover, the US government needs "dangerous suspects"
that it can use to keep Americans in a state of supine fearfulness and as a
front behind which to undermine constitutional protections and the Bill of Rights.
The Bush-Cheney Regime succeeded in its evil plot, only to throw it all away
by releasing the ridiculous confession by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Will Bush's totalitarian Military Tribunal now execute Mohammed on the
basis of his confession extracted by torture, or would this be seen everywhere
on earth as nothing but an act of murder?
If Bush can't have Mohammed murdered, the US government will have to shut
Mohammed away where he cannot talk and tell his tale. The US government will
have to replicate Orwell's memory hole by destroying Mohammed's mind
with mind-altering drugs and abuse.
It is to such depths that George Bush and Dick Cheney have lowered America.