WASHINGTON (AP) — Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark on an unusual project: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor's
WASHINGTON — Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark on an unusual project: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, to design a vacuum cleaner?
The agency officer in charge of the prison called CIA headquarters and a manager approved the request, a former senior CIA official told The Associated Press.
The United States on Wednesday announced charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and four others accused of involvement in the plot.
The mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be formally charged on Tuesday by a military tribunal at Guantanamo along with four alleged co-conspirators, the Pentagon said.All five suspects will be slapped with at least eight charges, including murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, hijacking aircraft, and terrorism, said a letter notifying 9/11 victims' families.
The United States has decided to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay rather than in the United States, a US official said Monday.The move represents a major about-face for President Barack Obama's administration, which had initially planned to try the Kuwaiti-born Pakistani in a civilian court in New York, triggering public protests.
Rudy Giuliani, the mayor of New York at the time of the September 11 attacks, has questioned whether a culture of “political correctness” towards the Islamist terrorist threat had blunted efforts to stop home-grown attacks such as the Boston marathon bombings.
Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi is growing his businesses in both Saudi Arabia where he got his start and where his father is from, as well as Ethiopia, birthplace of his mother. Indeed, Sheikh Al Amoudi is the biggest individual investor in Ethiopia with a portfolio of interests from hotels and gold mines to agriculture and cement. He is also the country's most prolific philanthropist. "I have been fortunate in my business career and I believe in giving back to the community," says Sheikh Al Amoudi.