Thursday, April 06, 2006

Critical of Bin Laden

Newly disclosed evidence shows al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and the chief architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. terror attacks were frequently at odds. The man who orchestrated the attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, was captured in Pakistan in 2003, and part of his testimony was revealed during the Virginia sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. During interrogation, Mohammed said he succeeded in rejecting three attempts by bin Laden to accelerate the plot, and that bin Laden had meddled with other aspects of the attack.
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
He claimed bin Laden had a knack for forcing him to take operatives who couldn`t follow directions or keep their mouths shut, the newspaper said. The interrogation report said Mohammed recalled Moussaoui to Pakistan and asked bin Laden for permission to expel him from the organization, but bin Laden refused and said Moussaoui was to be a participant in a second wave of planned attacks to follow Sept. 11.