Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Fast Facts

Here’s a look into the life of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the alleged 9/11 co-conspirators.

Date of birth: 1 March 1964 or 14 April 1965 (both used)

Place of birth: Kuwait

Father: The father’s name is not publicly available

Mother: The mother’s name is not publicly available

Marriage: The woman’s name is not publicly available

Education: Attended Chowan College; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, degree in Mechanical Engineering, 1986

He has been called the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks.

Sometimes called KSM.

1996 – Mohammed is charged with seven counts of terrorist conspiracy in the Southern District of New York for his alleged involvement in a failed plot to blow up a dozen US commercial airliners over the Pacific.

September 11, 2001 – terrorist attacks

October 10, 2001 – The FBI releases a list of its 22 “Most Wanted Terrorists.” Mohammed is on the list.

March 1, 2003 – Mohammed is captured in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

September 6, 2006The United States acknowledges that Mohammed has been held in a secret CIA prison overseas and is being transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he will face trial before a military commission.

March 15, 2007 – The Pentagon releases a 26-page transcript in which Mohammed says he was responsible for 9/11 and confesses to the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl. He also claims he was involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a 2002 Bali nightclub bombing, as well as Richard Reid’s 2001 shoe bombing attempt.

February 11, 2008 – The United States announces that it will seek the death penalty against Mohammad on charges related to the 9/11 attacks that include: conspiracy, murder in violation of the laws of war, attack on civilians, attack on civilian property, intentionally causing grievous bodily harm, destruction of property in violation of the law of war, and terrorism and material support for terrorism.

June 5, 2008 – The indictment of Mohammed and four co-accused remains. Mohammed tells the judge, Marine Colonel Ralph Kohlmann, that he wants to represent himself and that he wants to become a martyr.

January 21, 2009 – At the request of the recently inaugurated President of the United States, Barack Obama, the proceedings of the trial are frozen for 120 days.

April 16, 2009 – The Justice Department releases a 2005 memo that claims Mohammed was dunked 183 times in March 2003.

November 13, 2009 – The Justice Department announces that five Guantanamo Bay detainees, including Mohammed, will be flown to New York for trial in a U.S. district courtroom just blocks from where the Twin Towers once stood.

April 4, 2011 – In a reversal, Attorney General Eric Holder announces that Mohammed will face a military trial at Guantanamo Bay instead of a civilian trial in New York.

May 31, 2011 – The Department of Defense announces that capital charges have been refiled against Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 co-conspirators. The charges include: conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, intentionally causing grievous bodily harm, destruction of property in violation of the law of war, hijacking of aircraft and terrorism.

May 5, 2012 – He is being processed at Guantánamo Bay.

October 17, 2012 – In a pretrial hearing, Mohammed says the US government sanctioned torture in the name of national security and equates the nearly 3,000 people killed on 9/11 with the “millions” killed by the US military . After Mohammed’s statements, Military Judge Capt. James Pohl says no further personal comments from the defendant will be allowed.

December 9, 2014 – The Senate Intelligence Committee releases its report on the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the CIA in the post-9/11 era. The CIA had said the method was effective in helping interrogators extract information from Mohammed, but according to the Senate report, Mohammed found a way to “beat the system,” often retracting information he told CIA officers to get him to stop waterboarding.

August 30, 2019 – Mohammed’s trial will begin on January 11, 2021.

December 18, 2020 – The military judge Col. Douglas K. Watkins Extends Litigation Deadlines, Postponing Trial Start Date. This follows the recusal and resignation of two judges in early 2020 and delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

March 2022 – Attorneys are in discussions with prosecutors to reach a possible plea deal and avoid a death penalty trial, according to a person familiar with the matter.

October 19, 2022 – A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 6-24, 2023, according to a notice from the Department of Defense.

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