Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-styled mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attack, reportedly said he’d like to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel.
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Mohammed, according to The New York Times, asked a military judge at Guantanamo Bay, where he has been held since 2006, for permission to share six paragraphs of information on Haspel with the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee.
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Prior to being sent to Gitmo, Mohammed was housed as a series of CIA black sites since his capture in 2003.John Moore/Getty Images
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said via Twitter on Tuesday he has no interest in hearing what Mohammed has to say unless and until “every 9/11 widow, widower, [and] child testifies about what they think of him”:
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. https://t.co/LQ5U10zUCL
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 8, 2018
On Wednesday, Haspel faced a lot of questions about her past enforcement of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” like waterboarding. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) asked the nominee if she thinks it’s “immoral” for the U.S. to waterboard terrorists.
Haspel, in response, noted the fact that terrorists often hold to no moral compass.