Gitmo glamor glitz reaches terrorist web sites

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

Exactly eight years after the attacks of 9/11, photographs of the key operational field planner and self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed have “gone viral” on numerous terrorist web sites. Most Americans only know this diabolical terrorist kingpin through the images of his 2003 capture - the disheveled doppelganger of porn star Ron Jeremy. Now, thanks in part to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), members of the terrorist’s family, and complete capitulation to a mindset that virtually no American would have had just 8 years-ago tomorrow, new life has been given to the al Qaeda terrorist commonly referenced as “KSM” and the al Qaeda terrorist network.

According to press reports, the International Committee of the Red Cross, which photographs Guantanamo prisoners as part of its mission to monitor their treatment, confirmed that it took the images in July and sent them to Mohammed’s family. Under immense political pressure, the U.S. military permitted the ICRC to photograph Guantanamo detainees starting in February 2009. Just seven-(7) months later, images of the apparently well-rested and serene terrorist are being used on terrorist web sites and jihad forums across the world as verification of victory of Islamic terrorists over the West.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was charged with war crimes and mass murder by a U.S. military commission on February 11, 2008 and faces the death penalty if convicted. He also confessed to coordinating various attempts to blow up an airliners, the Bali nightclub bombing in Indonesia, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and several other foiled attacks. His trial, however, was indefinitely suspended by Barack Hussein Obama in January.

The timing of the release of these “glamor shots” does not appear to be accidental or coincidental. The photographs were in the hands of family members not long after they were taken by the ICRC in July. U.S. military officials released the pictures via the ICRC to the family without stipulations, although admitted that they were never intended to be released publicly. According to a military source, KSM was permitted to choose two different photographic poses. The ICRC then sent a total of five-(5) prints to this family in addition to his personal message.

Interviewed by this investigator, one U.S. intelligence official who has been monitoring the spread of these photos of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stated that the images are being used to “recruit and motivate terrorists and inspire attacks against the West, primarily the U.S.”This source added that “the release of the photos last week across a platform of Islamic terrorist web sites was done to insure maximum exposure on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.”

The photographs are part of a larger service provided by the Red Cross to at least  107  prisoners held at Guantanamo  Bay. Ostensibly, the intent of the service is to provide family members of the prisoners with assurance that they are  alive and  not being mistreated in detention.