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Gitmo Detainee Admits Terrorist Attacks

From those defenders of terrorists at Reuters:


Detainee claims USS Cole attack planning

By Kristin Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A suspected al Qaeda member said he planned the 2000 attack on the USS Cole and was the link between Osama bin Laden and a group that bombed the U.S. Embassy in Kenya in 1998, according to a transcript released on Monday of a hearing at Guantanamo Bay.

Walid bin Attash, a Yemeni, said he purchased the explosives and boat and recruited the men used in the attack on the U.S. warship that was refueling in Yemen. The attack killed 17 U.S. sailors and wounded 39 other sailors.

“I participated in the buying or purchasing of the explosives,” Attash, also known as Khallad, said of the Cole attack at a March 12 hearing at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, according to a transcript released by the Pentagon.

“I put together the plan for the operation a year and a half prior to the operation, buying the boat and recruiting the members that did the operation, buying the explosives.”

For the embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, Attash said he provided supplies and other support from Pakistan and acted as a link between the Nairobi cell and bin Laden.

“I was the link between Usama (Osama) bin Laden and his deputy Sheikh Abu Hafs al-Masri and the cell chief in Nairobi,” he said. “I used to supply the cell with whatever documents they need from fake stamps to visas, whatever.”

The Nairobi embassy bombing killed 213 people, including 12 U.S. citizens. That attack occurred at nearly the same time as the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Tanzania.

Attash is one of 14 suspects transferred to the Guantanamo detention center from secret CIA prisons last year. The Pentagon considers those suspects to be “high value” detainees.

Attash spoke on his own and through a personal representative at the hearing, known as a combatant status review tribunal. The proceedings have been held for seven of the 14 “high value” detainees and are meant to determine whether detainees should be classified as “enemy combatants.” …

U.S. officials previously said Attash, before his arrest, was helping to plan simultaneous attacks on U.S. and Western targets in Karachi, which never took place.

Gosh, this is getting embarrassing.

They had better close down Guantanamo fast.

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