From Al Qaeda Recruit to Millionaire?
The British government is reportedly set to make one of KSM’s operatives a wealthy man.
11:45 AM, Nov 17, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Is the British government preparing to make one of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s alleged co-conspirators a millionaire? The Washington Post reports on the British payouts to former Gitmo detainees as part of an out-of-court lawsuit settlement:
Even if Binyam Mohamed will not receive precisely $1.6 million (and the Post reports some ambiguity on the exact amount), any amount close to that is absurd.
According to U.S. intelligence and military officials, Binyam Mohamed conspired with Jose Padilla – who is in a U.S. prison – to attack America in 2002. They were most likely going to set an apartment building on fire under the guidance of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other senior al Qaeda operatives. At a minimum, Mohamed has admitted that he was trained at al Qaeda’s notorious al Farouq training camp in pre-9/11 Afghanistan.
The details of Mohamed’s career prior to his detention in 2002, as set forth by U.S. officials, are freely available in documents found online. But the Post did not provide any of those details. The newspaper did find the space to mention that Mohamed claims “he was tortured, including having his genitals slashed with a razor.”
As I reported yesterday, there is absolutely no evidence to substantiate this claim. After Mohamed was transferred from CIA custody to Guantanamo, U.S. medical personnel evaluated Mohamed. They did not find any scarring on Mohamed’s genitalia, which there would be if he had been repeatedly cut over a period of 18 months, as he claims. Mohamed also never complained to the doctors at Gitmo about any of this.
So the Post doesn’t bother to tell its readers who Mohamed really is, as set forth in U.S. military and intelligence documents, but the paper does repeat Mohamed’s outrageous torture claim.
We are left with a surreal turn of events. Mohamed was recruited by al Qaeda, trained by al Qaeda, allegedly conspired with senior al Qaeda operatives to attack America in 2002, and then detained. Mohamed was charged by a military commission in 2008, but the Obama administration decided to transfer him to the UK instead of trying him. Now he may become a wealthy man based in large part on his phony torture tales.
If that is not bizarre enough, the Post reports that the British are also ready to compensate a current detainee at Guantanamo. He has been deemed too dangerous to outright release by both the Bush administration and the Obama administration, yet the British are ready to pay him, too.
The Post reports (emphasis added):
Incredibly, the Brits have preemptively surrendered to Aamer while he is still in custody. He hasn’t even initiated a lawsuit against the UK government yet, but they are ready to pay up.