May 14, 2012
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s beard is top secret.
You’re not supposed to be able to tell when someone has been using Just For Men, but the average graying man’s bathroom isn’t as well surveilled as a high-security cell at Guantanamo Bay. So when the alleged chief plotter behind the 9/11 attacks appeared at Guantanamo Bay’s military commission last Saturday with his beard dyed red, it raised a question:
How did KSM get (probably henna-based) beard dye while locked up in one of the world’s most secure facilities?
Reporters covering the 9/11 trials wondered about KSM’s ability to obtain hair care products. But, it turns out, this is a classified matter. The Defense Department says that Guantanamo Bay officials are “aware” of how KSM obtained the dye, but they’re not spilling the beans. And Mohammed’s defense attorney, David Nevin, says he isn’t allowed to talk about it.
“I have an idea about that, but unfortunately I can’t talk about it because it bears on conditions of confinement, and that’s one of the areas that’s treated as top secret,” Nevin says. “It’s frustrating, there’s so many of these things that do not implicate national security in the slightest.”
This article was posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 at 8:07 am