In letter to Obama, alleged 9/11 architect blames US: report

In letter to Obama, alleged 9/11 architect blames US: report
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The man charged with orchestrating 9/11 reportedly wrote to President Obama that the terrorist attacks were in retaliation for decades of oppressive U.S. policies.

The letter from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was apparently authored in January 2015, according to a copy of the document obtained by the Miami Herald. A military judge ordered its delivery to the White House in the final days of Obama’s presidency.

The current Guantanamo Bay detainee lays out a scathing rebuke of U.S. foreign policy and democracy, the Herald reports, ridiculing American and “Western” politicians as “Machiavellian” liars, beholden to special interests and campaign financiers.


Mohammed’s letter also takes aim at U.S. global military and intelligence operations, particularly in the Middle East. Israeli and U.S. military actions in Gaza and the Palestinian territories, he writes, “are the clearest indication of why 9/11 happened, and why it may happen again in the future.”

“It was of the utmost necessity to find the best way to stop your brutal foreign policy in our land,” he writes. “We did not start the war against you through the events of 9/11.”

The former al Qaeda operations chief, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2003, was transferred to Guantanamo in 2006. He has taken responsibility for the Sept. 11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a plane crash in Pennsylvania.

In his letter, Mohammed does not plea for his life, but instead says he will be pleased with any sentence that’s handed down, according to the Herald.

“I will be happy to be alone in my cell to worship Allah the rest of my life and repent to Him all my sins and misdeeds,” he wrote.

“And if your court sentences me to death, I will be even happier to meet Allah and the prophets and see my best friends whom you killed unjustly all around the world and to see sheik Osama bin Laden,” he added.