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Report Finds 9/11 Plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed Killed Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl

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By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — A new report concludes that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the 9/11 attack, killed abducted Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan nine years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The paper reported that Asra Q. Nomani, a former Journal reporter who was friends with Pearl, led an investigation into the murder with Georgetown University faculty and students.

The “Pearl Report” found that U.S. officials, using vascular technology or vein matching,  concluded that the hands in the high-profile video killing belonged to Mohammed, the Journal reported.

Mohammed had confessed to the killing during a military hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2007, where he is currently being held and awaiting trial in the 9/11 attack. But at the time it wasn’t clear if it was self promotion or the truth.

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

Pearl was abducted Jan. 23, 2002. He was duped into thinking he was going to an interview someone as part of his investigation into ties between a radical Pakistani cleric and shoe bomber Richard Reid.

Mohammed told U.S. investigators that he was not originally involved in the abduction, but was later pulled in by another senior al Qaeda operative, the Journal reported.

Read report.

al Qaeda’s Gift to the U.S.: Incompetence

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Al Qaeda and its associates may not be known as benevolent organizations, but they do give gifts.

The failed “Underwear Bomber”. The failed “Times Square Bomber”. The failed “Shoe Bomber”. And now the failed attempt to deliver explosives on  planes. All gifts.

The U.S. should be grateful for these opportunities in which no one gets hurt, but we learn about the shortcomings in our system.  (Unfortunately, we now learn this latest bid was one of the more competent efforts that failed).

Too bad there’s not a better way to figure it out the flaws. And we can’t forever count on the al Qaeda B Team carrying out these incompetent missions.

So, let’s learn from the incidence, but let’s get more aggressive about  examining our transportation systems.  Obviously, there are plenty holes to plug.

Let’s not wait for al Qaeda to get lucky

Qatar Diplomat Scares the You Know What Out of Everyone Aboard DC-to-Denver Flight: No Joke

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — First lesson: if you’re going try your hand at humor on a plane — better it be funny, than scary.

The Associated Press reported that something went wrong on United Flight 663 from Washington-to-Denver Wednesday night when a diplomat from Qatar, who has lived in the U.S. for years, tried to sneak a smoke in the bathroom.

The AP reported that an official said the man “made a joke about it” after being confronted, which only alarmed people more on the Boeing 757 with 157 passengers and six crew members.  AP did not specify what the joke may have been, but there were some reports implying it could have related to lighting a shoe.

Authorities said no explosives were found and it appeared the man was not trying to harm anyone, AP reported.

Nonetheless, an air marshal, who apparently didn’t get the humor, restrained the man. No joke. ABC identified him as Mohammed al Modadi.

And there was another not-so funny moment. AP reported that fighter jets were scrambled, but the plane landed safely in Denver. Law enforcement was interviewing the man.

Maybe as a real joke, the State Department can expell the man from the U.S.