* larisa has more:
"Oh, KSM confession bogus folks
I was just watching TV and it appears that now KSM has also confessed to the murder of Danny Pearl. That just exposed this confession as a lie. Why? Danny Pearl was murdered by Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, while tracking a money transfer from Pakistan (on the orders of then Pakistani General Mahmoud Ahmad to Dubai to September 11, 2001 lead hijacker Atta. More importantly, why are there only 2 pictures and no video of this man? Why is the tribunal closed? Why is he delivering his so-called confession in writing? I want to see a video of this man's confession, not a piece of paper. Where is Waldo?
Does this administration think we are so stupid that we would confuse reality for made-for-politics justice? And where the hell is the healthy skepticism of the fourth estate? I mean really, if you cannot see the man or hear the man, then what makes you so certain he is even alive at this point? I see there is a transcript, so apparently someone actually spoke. Why can't we hear this? What possible reason is there for our limited access to information about an event that is so important to our nation?
I call BS and I suggest that the media stop playing games with our national tragedy!"
"By contrast, it's starting to seem as though regarding the world as complicated as messy is in itself a liberal virtue."
"KSM was arrested four years ago and has been tortured since that time. Now, had this confession showed up a bit, um, sooner, I might find it less staged. But given how the Bush administration abuses the tragedy of September 11 for political reasons and how often they do it, plus the timing of this "confession,' I am highly skeptical. No, I am more than skeptical.* amy:
There is no question that KSM is a terrorist and that he likely played a role in the attacks of September 11. But that no longer matters as he has been in custody for four years now. More importantly, nor is it news that KSM was involved. We knew this four years ago. What is the news here then? That he delivered a just-in-time mention of September 11?
A tortured captive delivering a just-in time PR gift is not news. It is manipulative and deceptive. It is ugly even."
"The Associated Press is reporting the Pentagon also redacted a section in which Mohammed confesses to the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl."
"It released the bulk of the transcript late Wednesday, but held back the section about Pearl's killing to allow time for his family to be notified, said Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman"does anyone believe that? They've had the statement since Saturday.
* digby has more:
"Imagine how powerful these confessions could have been in a legitimate war crimes trial if the Bush administration had followed civilized practices and maintained a shred of moral authority and credibility. Too bad we'll never know."