Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 (9/11) Islamic terrorist attacks on the United States, was approved for a visa by the federal government just weeks before the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans .
About six weeks before the September 11 attacks, Mohammed, known to federal authorities as “KSM”, obtained a tourist visa to enter the United States, despite being indicted in 1996 on terrorism charges. The 19 hijackers involved in the September 11 attacks had also obtained visas.
The 9/11 Commission report details:
Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, chief tactical planner and coordinator of the 9/11 attacks, was indicted in 1996 by federal authorities in the Southern District of New York for his role in prior terrorist plots. However, KSM, as he is nicknamed, obtained a visa to go to the United States on July 23, 2001about six weeks before the September 11 attacks. [Emphasis added]
Although he is not a Saudi citizen and we do not believe he was in Saudi Arabia at the time, he applied for a visa using a Saudi passport and a pseudonym, Abdulrahman al Ghamdi. He asked someone else to submit his application and photo through the Visa Express program. There is no evidence that he ever used this visa to enter the United States. [Emphasis added]
In 1998, KSM was linked to the bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Similarly, in 2000, KSM was linked to the bombing of the USS Cole.
KSM’s attorneys, along with other terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay, are reportedly negotiating plea deals with the federal government for their involvement in the 9/11 attacks and other US terror plots.
“Negotiated settlements are part of all criminal cases, and negotiations took place throughout the case,” the lawyer for KSM’s nephew Ammar al-Baluchi, who is accused of being a criminal, said in a statement. courier for Osama bin Laden. “This process is not unusual: the vast majority of capital cases in the United States are resolved by way of plea.”