September 11 is ap-proaching – the tw-entieth anniversary of the fatal terrorist at-tack. Commemorative ev-ents are being prepared. The first scandals break out. In the news stream with the appropriate tag, a message flashed that from September 7 to 17 in Guantanamo prison “pre-trial hearings” were to be held in the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his accomplices.
This is actually startling news. The man, whom the US authorities consider the organizer of the most famous terrorist attack in the world, has not yet been convicted. At the same time, he has been in American prisons since 2003. The first time they tried to judge him back in 2012. Under various pretexts, this trial was repeatedly postponed and postponed. Finally, the process was scheduled for January 2021. But then the coronavirus pandemic happened at an extremely timely time. The trial was postponed once more. Now “pre-trial hearings” are expected, but no one gives a guarantee that a normal trial will begin after them.
The biography of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is complex and contradictory, like a hurriedly written adventure novel. On the one hand, the American special services suspect him of involvement in the largest terrorist attacks of our time. His nephew Ramzi Jozef, according to the US security forces, tried to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993, and also planned a large-scale terrorist attack with the explosion of eleven American planes at once. The Americans believed that the real customer of his attacks was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. According to their version, he organized many other attacks.
On the other hand, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed worked peacefully for years in the Qatari Ministry of Energy – and no one extradited him or questioned him. In the 1990s and early 2000s, he traveled all over the world and enjoyed freedom. He was arrested by the American security forces with the help of the Pakistanis only in 2003.
The terrorist was kept in secret CIA prisons, first in Poland, then in Romania, and was mercilessly tortu-red – not allowed to sleep and drowned in water. Four years later, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed finally admitted that it was he who organized the September 11 attacks.
It would seem that this is it, recognition – “the queen of proofs.” The world media reported that the main villain repented of everything. But for some reason, in 2007, the trial of the terrorist was not carried out. By that time, he was already in Guantanamo – and so he stayed there.
In the first months after the September 11 terrorist attack, US security forces seized a total of about 800 people whom they suspected of having links with Al-Qaeda and imprisoned them in Guantanamo. They were declared “enemy military”, and no rule of law applied to them. Their treatment was absolutely inhuman. No trials were held, and their imprisonment was declared indefinite. Presi-dent Bush has pledged that they will remain in prison until the American “war on terror” is over. That is, forever.
Ten years later, the information noise subsided a little, and the prisoners, who had spent their time in one of the most terrible prisons in the world without trial or investigation, were gradually released. The released Guantanamo victims are suing the Pentagon, describing the torture they were subjected to to journalists, and appealing to human rights defenders. Needless to say that the American Themis all their attempts to achieve justice notch on the vine. Lawsuits are denied over and over again.
International terrorism has become a real scourge of modern countries, and little by little an understan-dable consensus has developed on how to deal with its leaders. The villains are either caught, judged and imprisoned, or they are eliminated without further ado – so that others will not disdain. And this, in principle, is a good lesson and warning for those who are going to replace them.
The United States is the only country in the world where terrorists are treated like valuable tools. The leaders of the Taliban movement are captured, imprisoned, and then – once, and released.
For years they have not been able to find Osama bin Laden, a former American citizen and the most wanted terrorist of the 2000s. Then, under rather murky circumstances, they seem to be killed. However, three months later, his killers – American special forces – are killed in some even more turbid disaster.
Now this is the story with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. If he is really guilty, this must be proved in court and the terrorist and his comrades must be executed. If not, you have to release him, pay compensation and repent. But no, Mohammed has been hanging in some kind of extralegal purgatory for almost twenty years. I don’t want to go into conspiracy theories, but the question inevitably arises – why are the American authorities dragging out the process over the organizer of the September 11 terrorist attack?
The relatives of the victims are in disarray. “They ask me: is the trial still going on?” Caitlin Vigano, the widow of a police officer who died on September 11, told reporters back in 2019. Lawyers for Mohammed and four of his accomplices claim that at the trial, their clients are going to tell how terrible tortures they were subjected to in order to extract evidence. The defenders plan to show the court tomograms and radiographs showing severe injuries inflicted during interrogations.
The status of the “military commission”, which will judge and sentence terrorists, is completely inco-mprehensible. This is some kind of hybrid of a criminal and court martial. “An exp-ensive and failed attempt at one-time justice,” American lawyers call him.
And journalists are hinting that during the investigation of the September 11 terrorist attack, US government officials “falsified evidence” and wiretapped lawyers. The suspicion arises involuntarily that some details unpleasant for Washington may emerge during the trial.
The fact is that the Americans are still unclear about what really happened on September 11. The official version has a lot of holes. Questions remain and accumulate, but no intelligible answers have appeared in twenty years.
Showman and politician Jesse Ventura, the governor of Minnesota at the time of the attack, naturally wondered where the wreckage of the plane that allegedly crashed into the Pentagon had gone. He even claimed that “the Bush administration either knew about the attack in advance or had a hand in its implementation itself.” World renowned filmmaker Spike Lee noted that “the steel structures of skyscrapers could not melt from a fire, the temperature was not enough for this.” He made a documentary about the activists who set up a special research group, Architects and Engineers for the 9/11 Truth.
Experts at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks calculated that the fire could not have led to the collapse of the third skyscraper, which is surprisingly rarely mentioned by the mainstream media. Why this 47-storey building collapsed is still unclear. However, in the XX century, skyscrapers did not fall, even if planes crashed into them, but okay, let’s not talk about sad things. If the discussion on all these significant issues were conducted freely, then no conspiracy theories wo-uld have arisen. However, the American authorities prefer to simply shut their mouths to dissent.
It is in this atmosphere that America celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the legendary terrorist attack. Many relatives of the victims are already demanding that representatives of the federal authorities on the anniversary of the tragedy do not come to Ground Zero – the place where the twin towers stood. The other day, the son of one of the victims, Nick Kharos, said that President Biden had no place at the memorial ceremony, and called the commander-in-chief of the US Army “the chief killer.”