In his new memoir, Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America, James E. Mitchell describes the day he was questioning Khalid Sheik Mohammed, when the 9/11 mastermind "launched into a gory and detailed description of how he beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl." He said, "I had very sharp knives. Just like slaughtering sheep."
KSM said that al-Qaeda expected the U.S. to respond to 9/11 as we had the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut - when, as KSM said, the U.S. "turned tail and ran." "How was I supposed to know that cowboy George Bush would announce he wanted us 'dead or alive' and then invade Afghanistan to hunt us down?" "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."
He said large-scale attacks were "nice, but not necessary," and that "jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States" and "wrap themselves in America's rights and laws" until they were strong enough to rise up and attack us. "America may not be in a religious war with him, but he and other True Muslims are in a religious war with America" and "he and his brothers will not stop until the entire world lives under Sharia law."
The writer is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.