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Where is Waldo, err, Khalid Sheik Mohammed?

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The military tribunal has one hell of a side-show going on and has - as intended - blocked all real news from seeing the light of day. According to a transcript released by the tribunal, the person confessing to the attacks of September 11, 2001 is Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM). We cannot see him or hear him, but we are told that he is at Gitmo, confessing in person. The reason we cannot see or hear him? Something having to do with national security we are told, although that too is also classified.

And although we have had KSM in custody for 4 years, tortured at various secret facilities around the globe, it is only now, that he delivers a confession. Just who are we to believe this man is confessing to? If he is confessing to the public, then why is the public missing from the tribunal, even in some capacity? And why are we to believe that the man who is allegedly confessing is the man called Khalid Sheik Mohammed? What evidence do we have to support this allegation? We have allegedly held this man for 4 years and we have but 2 photos of him and no video or audio?

I cannot believe most of this, frankly. In order to do that, I would have to deny even my most basic ability to reason. I have no idea what is going on here, but I am unwilling to be played like a fool by an administration that continues to play politics with everything sacred to this nation.

During his confession, we are told, KSM has also allegedly claimed that he killed Danny Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan. I am not a lawyer, but how does this work? If one part of a confession is apparently false, what is the value of the rest of the so-called confession? You see, the man who murdered Danny Pearl was a British born intelligence agent for the Pakistan's ISI: the BBC reported:

British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh has been sentenced to death for abducting and murdering US journalist Daniel Pearl.

"Omar Sheikh, 27, was born in London, attended the London School of Economics and was a close associate of Maulana Azhar Masood - founder of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) group, which India blames for an attack on its parliament in December 2001.

And there is even video of him, if you can imagine such a thing in the age of media and technology. Pearl was investigating how September 11 was funded, tracing the money from an order given by Pakistani General Mahmoud Ahmad to his asset Omar Sheikh, who in turn wired at least $100,000 via Dubia to Mohammed Atta (the lead 9/11 hijacker). Ahmad was at that time head of ISI, Pakistan's intelligence. Pearl was tracking the bag boy - Omar Sheikh - when he was murdered, by Omar Sheikh.

Frankly, I find this all very suspect and as cynical as this sounds, very well orchestrated possibly to divert attention from numerous colliding scandals. There are but two snap shots of KSM, old ones at that, no video or audio, despite us having him in our custody for 4 years. Why is that? Would his face as it is now inspire a bombing of some sort? Is he somehow disfigured or crippled? Is he even alive? I think these are all reasonable questions, don't you?

But not only am I asked to deny my own reason, in order to believe this story, I am asked to accept on faith that the missing information is critical to our national security. In other words, I have no right to the truth as it would put my life at risk, despite the fact that the truth is about my life already having been put at risk.

Even if there is some legal or moral claim that this suspect is not entitled to a fair trial, am I as an American to also be denied justice? Do I not have the right to witness, even at a distance, the confession of a man who claims to have orchestrated the murder of my friends and neighbors? Is this justice when neither the suspect nor the victim are given a voice or legal recourse? Mirrors reflecting mirrors.