Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the masterminds behind the 9/11 attacks who currently resides at Guantánamo Bay, wants to speak with senators in regards to President Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel.
Earlier this week, his lawyer asked a military judge for permission to share information about Haspel with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Gina Haspel, my highly respected nominee to lead the CIA, is being praised for the fact that she has been, and alway will be, TOUGH ON TERROR! This is a woman who has been a leader wherever she has gone. The CIA wants her to lead them into America’s bright and glorious future!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2018
Haspel ran a black-site prison in Thailand, where detainees faced enhanced interrogation. It’s unclear at the moment if she was involved either directly or indirectly in Mohammad’s interrogation.
According to The New York Times, an Intelligence Committee report about the 9/11 mastermind sai, he was “[subjected] to waterboarding 183 times, over 15 sessions, stripped naked, doused with water, slapped, slammed into a wall, give rectal rehydrations without medical need, shackled into painful stress positions and sleep-deprived for about a week by being forced to stand with his hands chained above his head.”
During those interrogations, Mohammad confessed to a number of other terrorist plots in the making, although he later recanted those and they proved false.
Haspel is scheduled to appear before the panel for a confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Many Democratic senators have called for more transparency in regards to her role and what she allowed to happen at those black sites. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding if she fits in the position.
It’s unclear what Mohammed would say and if the judge will grant the terrorist permission to speak to the Senate.