Tom Cotton on letting 9/11 mastermind testify about CIA nominee: ‘He can rot in hell’

It turns out that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed opposes the nomination of Gina Haspel to head the CIA and wants to help Democrats stop her from being appointed as the first female to head the agency.  While Democrats may want to hear from him, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said in no uncertain terms the terrorist can “rot in hell” before he’s allowed to testify.

“Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind, can testify to the Intelligence Committee after every 9/11 widow, widower, & child testifies about what they think of him vs. Gina Haspel & the CIA. Until then, he can rot at Gitmo & then he can rot in hell,” Cotton said on Twitter.

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According to the Daily Caller:

Mohammed currently resides in the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay. He was brought there in 2006 after being imprisoned in a series of CIA black sites since his March 2003 capture in Pakistan. The use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” on Mohammed and others have drawn scrutiny to the choice of Haspel, who oversaw the program for a time as the CIA’s deputy director for 33 years, as the agency’s new director.

The New York Times reports that Mohammed has asked a Guantanamo Bay military judge to share share six paragraphs of information on Haspel with the Senate.

To give one an idea of what kind of person this is, a 2016 Washington Post article by Marc A. Thiessen notes:

In his gripping new memoir, “Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America,” Mitchell describes the day he was questioning Khalid Sheik Mohammed, when the 9/11 mastermind announced he had something important to say. “KSM then launched into a gory and detailed description of how he beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl,” Mitchell writes. Up to that moment, the CIA did not know KSM had personally carried out the murder. When asked whether it was “hard to do” (meaning emotionally difficult), KSM misunderstood the question. “Oh, no, no problem,” KSM said, “I had very sharp knives. Just like slaughtering sheep.”

To confirm his story, the CIA had KSM reenact the beheading so that it could compare the features of his hands and forearms to those in the video of Pearl’s murder. “Throughout the reenactment, KSM smiled and mugged for the cameras. Sometimes he preened,” Mitchell writes. When informed that the CIA had confirmed that he was telling the truth, KSM smiled.

“See, I told you,” KSM said, according to the account. “I cut Daniel’s throat with these blessed hands.”

It gets worse.

“I have looked into the eyes of the worst people on the planet,” Mitchell wrote. “I have sat with them and felt their passion as they described what they see as their holy duty to destroy our way of life.”

Mitchell, the Post said, “has spent thousands of hours with him and other captured al-Qaeda leaders.”

“KSM explained that if the United States had treated 9/11 like a law enforcement matter, he would have had time to launch a second wave of attacks,” Mitchell wrote, adding that the terror group was unable to do so because al-Qaeda was stunned “by the ferocity and swiftness of George W. Bush’s response.”

“America may not be in a religious war with him, but he and other True Muslims are in a religious war with America,” Mitchell said, and “he and his brothers will not stop until the entire world lives under Sharia law.”

As for Cotton’s decision?  Many thanked him, although there were a few leftists who seemed to side with the terrorist.

The question now is, will Democrats put country over party just this one time, or will they insist on letting KSM testify just to hurt President Trump?

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