By Richard Miniter
The bestselling writer of Shadow War and Losing Bin Laden exposes the sinister Al Qaeda mastermind in the back of Sept. 11.
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the architect of the Sept. 11 assaults, has conducted a few of the greatest terrorist plots of the earlier two decades, together with the 1993 global alternate heart bombing, the Millennium Plots, and the beheading of Daniel Pearl. because the global awaits his trial, bestselling writer and investigative journalist Richard Miniter brings to existence his stunning actual tale.
according to multiple hundred interviews with govt officers, generals, diplomats and spies-from the USA, Europe, the Arab international, and Afghanistan-and at the flooring reporting from Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Guantánamo Bay, Miniter finds never-before-reported Al Qaeda plots and dazzling new information about the 11th of September assaults.
He additionally exhibits how Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was once radicalized in the US and takes us inside of terrorist secure homes, CIA warfare rooms, and the cages of Guantánamo Bay.
whereas completely mentioned and strongly sourced, this can be a pounding narrative that reads like a mystery.
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Wondering high-value detainees have been suspended because the center of 2005. there has been no wish of restarting them now. contained in the Bush management, a high-octane debate flared. each organisation concerned introduced its personal legal professionals and its personal criminal critiques. nobody knew who used to be correct and who used to be improper, simply because they have been now in uncharted constitutional territory. From the time of George Washington until eventually 2005, there have been basically no limits at the president’s skill to carry and query enemy prisoners, aside from the gentlemanly “laws of warfare” and the treaty duties less than a few of the Geneva Conventions. because neither Al Qaeda nor Afghanistan was once a signatory to the Geneva Conventions, and violated them at each chance, a few management officers contended that the conventions didn't restrict the president’s constitutional authority for that reason. Others mentioned that Congress had simply constrained the president’s powers to carry and query prisoners. The ideal court docket, after Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, used to be not going to help the view that Congress’s encroachment at the president’s prerogatives was once unconstitutional. an answer needed to be stumbled on that will maximize the CIA’s skill to extract lifesaving details from Al Qaeda detainees in the confines defined via Congress and the perfect courtroom. CIA Director Hayden used to be wanting to move the entire detainees out of CIA custody and into the palms of the U. S. military. He was once shrewdly moving accountability from his organisation to the dept of protection. while protection officers objected, insisting that the CIA may possibly nonetheless produce very important info from these detainees, Hayden was once prepared along with his counterblast: “The intelligence price isn't 0. yet I’m keen to concede that the intelligence worth of the rest humans in our custody is such we not have to carry them in those conditions. So let’s flow them on. ”27 Secretary of kingdom Condoleezza Rice agreed with Hayden. She knew that the CIA’s mystery prisons have been changing into an important obstacle to U. S. diplomatic efforts with its Western eu allies and have been hurting public belief of the US around the globe. Then she made an ethical argument—and a prudent political one. She under pressure that, for the 11th of September households and for the state, KSM and the opposite terrorists answerable for the 11th of September assaults had to be introduced sooner than the bar of justice and held responsible for their crimes. She additionally discovered that the legacy of presidents is set not only via their activities yet by way of the activities of the presidents who persist with them. “Sooner or later there has been going to be a brand new president and also you don’t are looking to have a brand new president without notice carry the lid and say, ‘Ooh, what have we in here,’” she stated. 28 in brief, they had to improve a coverage that may make it tricky for the subsequent president to prosecute both CIA officials or senior Bush management officers. Rice’s perception stuck the eye of every person within the room. the controversy approximately protecting the CIA’s interrogation used to be over.