Osama Bin Laden’s Driver
The driver for Osama bin Laden was not told of any rights against self-incrimination under years of interrogation, FBI agents told the Guantanamo war crimes court on Thursday.
The military commission trying Hamdan has ruled he has no rights against self-incrimination.
Hamdan, a Yemeni father of two with a fourth-grade education, is the first Guantanamo prisoner to face trial before the controversial tribunal at the remote base on Cuba. He faces life in prison if convicted. His trial is the first U.S. war crimes trial since World War II.
Prosecutors are seeking to portray Hamdan as a close associate of bin Laden who was aware of plotting for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and supported them with his efforts. Defense attorneys have characterized Hamdan as a simple employee.
From Stix Blog:
And now I’m going to translate something which appeared on Spanish media some days ago:
According to Bin Laden’s Driver, Salim Hamdan, he heard Al-Qaeda’s leader, Bin Laden saying that he “was happy with the numbre of people killed in 9/11 terrorist attacks” and thought that the kidnapped plane which crashed in Pennsylvania was “knocked down”.
The proofs offered by Ali Soufan, an ex-FBI agent, should be a considerable support in the case of the Prosecutors against Hamdam, tried by war crimes in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He is accused of being near the Al-Qaeda’s leadership. The Driver, a Yemeni father of two sons, is the first Guantánamo’s prisoner judged before the base’s tribunal. He can face life imprisonment if he is condemned.
“Bin Laden was happy with the resuls and he (Hamdam) heard Bin Laden said that he never hoped the operation would be so succesful”, said Ali Soufan. “Bin Laden hoped that the dead would be between 1,000 and 1,500, so he was happy with the results”.
Soufan also declared that Hamdam had spoken to him about a conversation he overheard by hazard when he was driving Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri, after the attacks. Both men were looking at a magazine which showed the flying routes of the kidnapped flights on Sept 11.
“If they haven’t knocked it down, this fourth plane would have crashed on the dome”, Bin Laden told Al-Zawahiri, according to the conversation Hamdam had with Soufan. “I assumed”, said the latter, “that “the dome” meant the Congress or the White House”, he continued. “Hamdan said he didn’t knew what they were meaning with “the dome””.
Flight 93 of United Airlines crashed on a field in Pennsylvania. US civil servants have never admitted that the plane was knocked down, but in that moment there was some speculation regarding that possibility.
To describe the relationship between the driver and the Al-Qaeda leader, Soufan spoke about some marital advice Bin Laden had given Hamdan, suggesting him to go back to Yemen and find a “woman who belonged to a family of piety and religion”.
Hmm, magnificent. Are they really sure he wasn’t read his Miranda rights?