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Thursday, June 17, 2004

Don't Believe Everything You Read

Eli correctly points out that the "details" of the planning for 9/11 being reported in the last couple of days need to be taken with a large grain of salt. If you can believe the media, and the 9/11 Commission, and the CIA (three big ifs), most of the info seems to have come from interrogations of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad. So even if you buy that the US has someone named Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in custody at the Kandahar Hilton or wherever, and that he really was Osama's right-hand man involved in plotting 9/11, you've really got to ask "Is he telling the truth?" He could be supplying disinformation, or more likely just making stuff up to evade further torture.

Eli's point isn't that the information is all wrong, but that most of the mainstream media is presenting it as fact, even though it's clearly based on a very shaky house of cards. Every link, from the mouth of a supposed terrorist to the CIA to the Bush administration to the 9/11 Commission to the front page of the NY Times, is of questionable reliability.