Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 (9/11) Islamic terrorist attacks on the United States, was granted a visa by the federal government just weeks before the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.
About six weeks before the 9/11 attacks, Mohammed, known to federal officials as “KSM,” was granted a tourist visa to enter the US despite being charged with terrorism in 1996. The 19 hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks were also visa approved.
Details of the 9/11 Commission report:
Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, the 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 previous terrorist plots. Yet, KSM, as it is known, was granted a visa to visit the United States on July 23, 2001about six weeks before the 9/11 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 with a Saudi passport and an alias, Abdulrahman al Ghamdi. He had someone else 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 associated with the bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Similarly, in 2000, KSM was associated with the bombing of the USS Cole.
Lawyers for KSM, along with other terrorist detainees in Guantanamo Bay, are reportedly negotiating advocacy agreements with the federal government for their involvement in the 9/11 attacks and other U.S. terrorist attacks.
“Negotiated agreements are part of all criminal cases and negotiations have taken place throughout the case,” a lawyer for KSM’s cousin, Ammar al-Baluchi, who is accused of being a courier for Osama bin Laden, said in a statement. “This process is not uncommon. The vast majority of capital cases in the United States are resolved through advocacy.”