Terrorists To The Bone

Gitmo detainees defend killings, mock USA in new war crimes filing

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Terrorists To The Bone

MARCH 10--Proclaiming themselves 'terrorists to the bone,' five Guantanamo Bay detainees defend their roles in the September 11 terror attacks in a war crimes court filing released today by the Pentagon.

The document, a copy of which you'll find here, is labeled 'The Islamic Response' to nine charges filed against the suspected al-Qaeda members, a group including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the attack's masterminds. Describing the charges as 'badges of honor, which we carry with pride' the men contend that 'killing you and fighting you, destroying you and terrorizing you...are all considered to be great legitimate duty in our religion.'

Along with relishing the death of thousands, the men mock the U.S. government's inability to detect the terror plot. 'Your intelligence apparatus, with all its abilities, human and logistical, had failed to discover our military attack plans before the blessed 11 September operation. They were unable to foil our attack.'

The detailed screed was released today over the objections of lawyers for two of the defendants. Mohammed and two other men are serving as their own lawyers. (6 pages)