Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: Ex Brit Ambassador Craig Murray, On Khalid Sheik Mohammed Confession(s)

16 March 2007

Ex Brit Ambassador Craig Murray, On Khalid Sheik Mohammed Confession(s)

We'd hate to be remembered as the only ones in the world who wouldn't stick a Khalid Sheikh Mohammed photo in your face.

And incidentally, even as we write we're wondering how long we'll have to wait to hear the first calls of 'Crucify him';or something sickeningly similar.

However, as far as any further writing on this particular topic is concerned - we needn't bother.

Because we don't believe we could better this, by Craig Murray -- with whom we could not agree more.

Secret Confessions and Torture

Mohammed Sheikh Khalid has now, voluntarily and of his own free will, admitted he masterminded every significant event from the Norman Invasion through the bubonic plague, fall of Constantinople, and Great Fire of London, to the Battle of Little Big Horn, assassination of JFK and the Oklahoma bombing.

Or he might as well have.

The extraordinarily comprehensive list of terrorist outrages for which he claims responsibility would be beyond the capacity of any but the most brilliant and inspired mortal;Khalid, I fear, is a more run of the mill thug.

But in truth, we have absolutely no idea what, if anything, he has confessed at all.

Cast you eyes across the rest of this excellent, common-sense commentary by Craig Murray - former British Ambassador to the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan.



Anonymous kiwi said...

While I won't argue that this guy is probably a real nasty piece of work, his inhuman treatment over years of incarceration is completely indefensible. And as for a fair trial - forget it - his fate is sealed as was Saddam's and his mates.

7:46 pm  
Anonymous mark abbott said...

As Jon Stewart said on the Daily Show (Mar. 15), quite aside from question s of coercion and torture, this guy doesn't exactly have Ambition written all over his face.

The laundry list of atrocities he's confessed to planning is (at best) highly embellished.

And the timing of the release of this news is (as usual with the Bush crowd) highly convenient -- just as two big scandals are at center stage: the VP's connection with exposing one of our own covert agents, and the White House involvement with turning the criminal justice system into a spoils racket.

Transparent and pathetic! (And I'm *not* talking about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.)

8:27 pm  
Anonymous xxx said...

He probably forgot to mention he sunk the Bismark too - what with being sooooooooo busy for soooooo long.

8:55 pm  
Anonymous whoever said...

Anyone who had been held where, how and for as long as he has would eventually confess to anything, in fact probably EVERYTHING bad that's eve happened on this planet since time began.

I know I would.

10:14 pm  
Blogger Gordo said...

So, they torture the guy, they get a whole mess of confessions out of the guy, and they can now claim that the torture prevented numerous acts of terrorism.

So it appears that the torture has had the effect of producing evidence that torture should be used. Which, I suspect, was the whole point of the exercise.

7:40 am  
Anonymous bluey said...

I'm amazed to hear it wasn't him who was responsible for the Katrina scandal. Looks like someone slipped up when typing his confessions.

11:45 am  
Anonymous bluey said...

I just had another thought - Valerie Plame's outing - they missed that one as well.

11:46 am  
Anonymous Tom V. said...

Now as a cautionary note, I don't know, that the individual on the picture is a low level patsy/thug, or a completely innocent person. But it is quite certain, that he couldn't have been all, what he has confessed to.
This whole affair, has some rather unsavoury association in my mind, vis a vis with the darkest periods of Communist era trials, against so called 'public enemies' of the people.

Those unlucky people were collected during the darkness of the night by KGB, Stasi and other similar 'state-security agencies' and the public only saw them in some short propaganda footages in about 6-12 months later, where they have confessed their various sins against 'The People' like broke-down, emotionless automaton.

Isn't that yet again a disturbing sign, that the Western political systems are converging with earstwhile and defunct totalitarian systems of the past?

1:26 pm  
Anonymous Sky-Ho said...

What really bothers me about the entire "confession" is how insulting this is to the intelligence of most anyone hearing about it.

In my interrogation classes, I was taught that the amount of useful intel decreased to zero after the first several days, after which torture became only useful for political reasons.

In my experience that has been quite true.

7:42 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't this guy "confess" to planning an attack on the Plaza bank in Washington State? If so,there's a problem. The bank wasn't founded until 2006.

1:51 pm  
Blogger Sophia said...

Actually, there is suspicion that he is dead because the only pictures we have seen of him were taken at the time of his capture in 2003...

7:23 pm  
Anonymous jultra said...

This is an excellent article by Craig Murray. Thanks for posting Richard.

4:06 pm  
Blogger Buttermilk Sky said...

I thought Osama bin Laden was behind all these atroticies. Oh, wait -- we can't find him and we've stopped looking. A thug in hand is worth two in the mountains of Pakistan.

Did he happen to mention where he buried Jimmy Hoffa?

12:19 am  

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