Here's What Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Wrote to Obama

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed says the US had 9/11 coming
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2017 5:50 PM CST
Alleged 9/11 Plotter Blames America in Letter to Obama
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, shortly after his capture during a 2003 raid in Pakistan.   (AP Photo, File)

The man who allegedly spearheaded 9/11 blames America for the terrorist attack in a letter written to Barack Obama and delivered in the final days of his presidency. A copy of the letter, which was finished in 2015 but held up by officials at Guantanamo, was obtained from Khalid Sheik Mohammed's lawyers by the Miami Herald. In the letter's 18 pages (it came along with a 50-page manuscript), Mohammed says America had 9/11 coming after years of killing innocent people around the world, including in Vietnam, Hiroshima, and Iraq. He was particularly concerned with Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip, telling Obama: “Your hands are still wet with the blood of our brothers and sisters and children who were killed in Gaza."

Elsewhere in the letter, Mohammed says he's fine with a life in prison, but he'll "be even happier" if the US sentences him to death because he'll be able to see Allah and Osama bin Laden. On the topic of bin Laden, Mohammed blames Obama—"the head of the snake"—for throwing the former al Qaeda leader's body into the ocean instead of burying it or returning it to his family. Mohammed also attacks drone strikes, CNN, Fox, "the Jewish community of Brooklyn," the CIA, the FBI, "the followers of Jerry Falwell," and more. Mohammed was captured in Pakistan in 2003 and is currently being held at Guantanamo, CBS News reports. He confessed to plotting 9/11 while under interrogation in 2007. (Read more Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stories.)

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