According to his testimony, Bin Laden’s 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, slaughtered Jewish American journalist Daniel Pearl in cold blood. Why this has only come to our attention now, and why the CIA and FBI kept this information to themselves sheds light on the incompetent way in which our administration is dealing with suspects it captures in the war on terror. Mohammed was handed over to the Americans after they threatened Musharaf. Pakistan had been playing both sides of the game, and Bush needed some proof that while he may be in bed with some grisly characters, at least they deliver.
In 2002 (that is five years ago) in Pakistan, some others were arrested and charged with this crime:
Three suspects were caught after the e-mail addresses that sent the ransom e-mail were traced by the FBI.
On March 21, 2002, in Pakistan, British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three other suspects were charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and execution of Daniel Pearl. They were convicted on July 15, 2002 and Sheikh was sentenced to death. During the trial, Sheikh, the mastermind of the kidnapping, told investigators he had kidnapped Pearl to “strike a blow at the United States and embarrass the Pakistani government.” Another of the suspects said Pearl had been targeted “because he was a Jew working against Islam.”
Meanwhile, Mohammed has taken credit for this and everything else. He is quoted as saying to American interrogators:
“I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan,” Mohammed is quoted as saying in a transcript of a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that was released Thursday by the Pentagon.