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HuffPost enables the 9/11 mastermind to spread his hate and lies, and smear the U.S. military



(1) Since 2008, HuffPost has been on a “propaganda jihad” to give voice to unsubstantiated allegations by detainees at Guantanamo, against members of the U.S. military.

(2) This practice climaxed on several occasions with HuffPost acting as a propaganda platform for Khaled Sheikh Mohammed (aka “KSM”), the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.

(2.1) On one of these occasions, a federal investigation was triggered to determine how a KSM “manifesto” was smuggled out of Guantanamo, and delivered to HuffPost, which published it on its front page.

(2.2) On another occasion, HuffPost engaged in what it knew was a false smear campaign against Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for Director of the CIA.  Although HuffPost would not publish a single article on its front page that contained the praise for Haspel from her long-term colleagues, or any of their refutations of the lies that HuffPost had been publishing about her, it placed on its front page a mini-manifesto from KSM about why he opposed her nomination.

(3) To complement these subversive actions, HuffPost also repeatedly published splash headlines designed to evoke worldwide sympathy for Guantanamo detainees, leading to picture-rich, original stories that described their alleged misfortune and unfair treatment at the hands of the U.S. military.  Yet HuffPost never publishes anything similar about any of the victims of radical Islamists, most notably, never about U.S. military personnel who were traumatized in battle, or who won the Congressional Medal of Honor.  HuffPost’s sole and exclusive focus in this realm has been to depict Islamist extremists and militants as victims, and U.S. military and intelligence personnel as sadistic, murderous oppressors.  In several incidents, this narrative used identical verbiage to that which Al Qaeda and/or the Taliban employs.

This page chronicles some of the screencaps and links that validate this assertion.

As you review them, please keep in mind that all of this is financially enabled through advertising by many of America’s largest, most respected corporations, including AT&T, American Express, CitiBank, State Farm, Home Depot, General Motors, and even the Department of Defense and CIA.

Lastly, keep in mind that these acts and omissions are part of HuffPost’s long-term pattern of ignoring or whitewashing Islamist hate crimes and terrorism, while inciting hatred against their victims — particularly the U.S. military, Israel and Jews:

Examples of HuffPost ignoring, downplaying or whitewashing Islamist terror attacks, plots and arrests (56 case studies)

Examples of HuffPost’s incitement of hatred against Jews and Israel (14 case studies)

Examples of HuffPost’s propaganda jihad against the U.S. military – and for America’s enemies (62 case studies)


June 14, 2008:  HuffPost’s facilitation of anti-American propaganda emanating from Gitmo detainees begins

January 14, 2014: HuffPost published KSM’s anti-American screed at the top of its front page, and kept it there for two straight days

March 18, 2014: The Department of Defense launched an investigation into how HuffPost obtained KSM’s screed

May 9, 2018: After engaging in a months-long campaign of smears against Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to be Director of the CIA, HuffPost ignored all of her supporters — but published KSM’s opposition to Haspel on its front page

Various examples of HuffPost evoking worldwide sympathy for Guantanamo detainees, even when it knew there was zero proof of their allegations against the U.S. military

June 14, 2008:  HuffPost’s facilitation of anti-American propaganda emanating from Gitmo detainees begins

Letter from Gitmo — Camp “Injustice,” by Anthony D. Romero and Hina Shamsi, Huffington Post, June 14, 2008.

January 14, 2014: HuffPost published KSM’s anti-American screed at the top of its front page, and kept it there for two straight days

On January 14, 2014, HuffPost published this headline at the top of its front page:

Note that HuffPost had several pictures of KSM from which to choose; instead of those, however, it chose this far more benevolent one to associate with his screed against America and President Bush:

HuffPost left that headline on its front page on January 14 and 15, 2014.

Clicking on that headline brought the reader to this page:

Mastermind Of The Sept. 11 Attacks Wants To Convert His Captors, by Myriam Francois-Cerrah, Ryan Grim, and Ryan J. Reilly, Huffington Post, January 14, 2014. Excerpt (from beginning):

The mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks now says that the use of violence to spread Islam is forbidden by the Quran, a major shift away from the more militaristic view he had put forward previously.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s thinking is detailed in a first-of-its-kind 36-page manifesto obtained by The Huffington Post. In a departure from his previous stance, which led the Guantanamo Bay prisoner to tell a military commission, “it would have been the greatest religious duty to fight you over your infidelity,” KSM, as he’s known in intelligence circles, instead seeks to convert the court to Islam through persuasion and theological reflection, going so far as to argue that “The Holy Quran forbids us to use force as a means of converting” and that reaching “truth and reality never comes by muscles and force but by using the mind and wisdom.”

KSM is a hardcore jihadist, who murdered 2,977 Americans on 9/11, and had been leading Islamist attacks against Americans for years prior to his 2006 capture.  After decades spent using the Quran to justify mass murder, HuffPost effectively gave him a worldwide platform to claim that he transitioned into a dovish peace activist.

Curiously, HuffPost cast no skepticism on KSM’s claim, it merely published the claim as if it were the gospel truth. Note, however, how HuffPost viciously smears those who have not committed mass murder, but merely dare to hold political opinions with which it disagrees; more on this in a moment:

Analysis 1: HuffPost spread KSM’s lie that the War on Terror is being fought not for the principles stated by President Bush and other Western leaders, but instead, to enrich corporate and military interests

Then, KSM transitions to what could be reasonably confused with the rant of an anti-capitalist 9/11 conspiracy theorist from the fanatical left — the audience to which HuffPost caters, and with whom radical Islamists often march, against Western civilization:

“For whose benefits or interests were these wars fought?” KSM writes in previewing that final chapter. “Did these wars take place to defend the American people and their interests? Were they fought to defend freedom and human rights? Women’s rights? Or were they fought for the benefits and interests of individuals and corporations? Who are those individuals and corporations? What are their interests and benefits? Isn’t it true that they work for the weapons industry lobbies, security contractors or Halliburton sister companies etc.?”

Examples of how KSM’s statement mirrors the talking points of the radical left in America, notably at HuffPost — and Osama Bin Laden:

Halliburton and Cheney: War Profiteers in Chief Fight to Keep Their Wallets Fat, by Rick Jacobs, Huffington Post, September 17, 2006.

How Big Corporations Are Raking in the Profits on Iraq’s Disintegration; Meet Team America’s sales force!, by Peter Van Buren, AlternNet.com, January 16, 2015.

“The war in Iraq makes millions of dollars for big corporations, either weapons manufacturers or those working in the reconstruction, such as Halliburton and its sister companies. It is crystal clear who benefits from igniting the fire of this war and this bloodshed. They are the merchants of war, the bloodsuckers who run the policy of the world from behind the scenes: President Bush and his ilk, and the media giants.” – Osama Bin Laden, 2004

How Bush’s Iraqi Oil Grab Went Awry; Want proof the Iraq War was all about oil? Here it is, by Dilip Hiro, The Nation, September 26, 2007.

Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?; How an American Disaster Paved the Way for Big Oil’s Rise — and Possible Fall — in Iraq, by Greg Muttitt, Huffington Post, August 23, 2012.

Notice that the contents of any one of these screeds could be grafted onto the platform of any other, and they would not seem out of place — except in the minds of those who know how insane these conspiracy theories are, firstly, the American soldiers who fought on the ground in Iraq.

Analysis 2: KSM’s use of the term “crusaders” to describe American soldiers– and how HuffPost spread this lie on two previous occasions

Next, HuffPost published KSM’s lie that American soldiers are “crusaders” — referencing a theme echoed by Islamist terrorist propagandists, used to whip up hatred among Iraqi and Afghanistani populations. Specifically, that the reason American soldiers are in these nations is to convert Muslims to Christianity, and turn mosques into churches — a false allegation that HuffPost itself has pushed in at least two incidents that SaveTheWest has documented.

“[H]undreds of American crusader soldier men and women join the U.S. army, wear the latest military gear, eat the best food in Iraq and Afghanistan, and play with their play stations while their enemies, the poor Muslim can’t find their daily bread or jacket to protect themselves from the harsh snowstorms over Afghanistan mountains, but at the end, the American soldiers go home and commit suicide but the poor man still with his dry bread and black tea lives with his poor wife in their humble muddy house but with happy hearts and souls.”

Note that KSM’s referencing of American soldiers committing suicide is pulled directly from an Al Qaeda psychological warfare instruction manual, published by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), which was captured by the U.S. military in 2002.  The document, entitled “The Battar Media Raid to Defend the Islamic State [of Iraq] (ISI),” gives step-by-step instructions for how Islamist terror supporters can engage in what is described as the “fierce media war… to break their [Americans’] spirits.” Excerpts:

There is no doubt, my brothers, that raiding American forums is among the most important means of obtaining victory in the fierce media war… and of influencing the views of the weak-minded American who pays his taxes so they will go to the infidel American army. This American is an idiot and does not [even] know where Iraq is… [It is therefore] mandatory for every electronic mujahid [to engage in this raiding].”

You should invent stories about American soldiers you have [allegedly] personally known (as classmates… or members in a club who played baseball and tennis with you) who were drafted to Iraq and then committed suicide while in service by hanging or shooting themselves…”

“Also, write using a sad tone, and tell them that you feel sorry for your [female] neighbor or co-worker who became addicted to alcohol or drugs… because her poor fiancé, a former soldier in Iraq, was paralyzed or [because] his legs were amputated… [Use any story] which will break their spirits, oh brave fighter for the sake of God…”

Here are two additional incidents in which HuffPost willfully spread the charge that American soldiers are “crusaders,” when it knew or should have known the claims were based on lies:

(1.1) May 2009: HuffPost gave top coverage to a false allegation, sourced from Al Jazeera, that the U.S. military was giving soldiers Christian bibles, and instructing them to “hunt” and convert Afghanistani Muslims — then rewrote and buried the corrected story

(1.9) January 2011: HuffPost gave top coverage for a second time to a discredited “journalist,” this time to use Al Qaeda-based verbiage to smear the U.S. military leadership, in a way that could only help to incite violence against American soldiers

Analysis 3: HuffPost published, without comment, KSM’s homophobia, as part of his assault on Western civilization and democracy — yet it routinely smears, in the most vicious terms, Christians who disagree with same-sex marriage

This passage is the entirety of how HuffPost presented KSM’s views on same-sex marriage and homosexuality, as examples of the moral corruption of Western civilization and democracy:

The rapid advance of same-sex marriage is further evidence for KSM of the collapse of Western civilization. “If God said no adultery or no sexual contact without a marriage contract between man and woman, the Westerner’s God says men and women are free to do whatever they want to do,” he says. “A mother can even lie with her son and they can issue a marriage certificate for them if the majority in Congress or Parliament agrees to such a thing. Or a man can marry a man or a woman can marry a woman, but by God’s laws, these acts are considered social crimes and it will cause unhappiness in their life, it breaks their families and at the end it will break the whole society.”

Contrast, however, how HuffPost depicts others who merely disagree with same-sex marriage — examples cited from this page, which documents the extent to which HuffPost will whitewash Islamist hate, incitement and crimes against the LGBT community — and even falsely shift the blame for these crimes onto Christians, as in the case of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

From HuffPost’s front page, July 9, 2014:

Fox News Pundit’s Insanely Homophobic Comments

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on May 25, 2017:

Betsy DeVos Is An Enemy Of LGBTQ People. Always Has Been. Always Will Be. Note: This story was written by HuffPost’s Gay Voices editor, Michelangelo Signorile, who two weeks earlier explicitly incited radical leftists to hate, stalk and harass Republicans, and their families, even at their homes.

On July 2, 2015, HuffPost ran this original news story near the top of its front page — of a little girl who stood up against a homophobic Baptist preacher:

Note that as of June 17, 2018, HuffPost still had KSM’s screed published, an act that appeared to be visibly and financially enabled by SunTrust bank:

Contrast how HuffPost whitewashed KSM, and gave unskeptical credence to his outrageous statements, to how it explicitly blasts President Trump, the U.S. military and intelligence communities, and American police officers

A sampling:

From June 18, 2018:

Against the U.S. military and intelligence communities, excerpted from here:

(1.14) December 2014: HuffPost used decontextualized imagery in a deliberate effort to smear all U.S. soldiers and intelligence personnel as torturing sadists, to support a hyper-partisan Senate report

(1.6) October 2010: HuffPost constructed an incendiary splash front page headline that it knew was falsely accusing the U.S. military of “torturing, abusing and murdering” Iraqi detainees

(1.21) August 2017: HuffPost published an editorial that implied that serving in the U.S. military makes one a racist

(1.25) March 2018: For the second time, HuffPost published a splash headline that visually depicted the U.S. military and intelligence communities as engaging in widespread, 16th-century-like sadistic torture of innocent victims

Against American police officers, excerpted from here:

March 18, 2014: The Department of Defense launched an investigation into how HuffPost obtained KSM’s screed

On March 18, 2014, the Miami Herald published the following:

Guantánamo prosecutors: How did KSM ‘propaganda’ document get out?, by Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald, March 18, 2014. Excerpt:

The war court prosecutor has asked the Sept. 11 judge to investigate how Huffington Post and a British television station got a copy of some commentary by the alleged 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

The emergency motion itself was still under seal Tuesday at the war court website. But Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins and his fellow 10 prosecutors divulged its contents in a correspondence to Sept. 11 victims’ family members distributed by the Pentagon’s victims liaison, Karen Loftus.

​In January, The Huffington Post and Britain’s Channel​ 4 published 36 pages of computer printout commentary — much of it invoking religious themes — on a range of religious and social topics attributed to Mohammed.

In it, the author quotes the Koran, Richard Nixon and the Bible and offers a range of opinions on current events — from same-sex marriage, which he opposes, to the U.S. military suicide rate, which he blames on conspicuous U.S. consumption in impoverished Afghanistan.

May 9, 2018: After engaging in a months-long campaign of smears against Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to be Director of the CIA, HuffPost ignored all of her supporters — but published KSM’s opposition to Haspel on its front page

Background, from here:

On March 13, 2018, HuffPost published this splash headline:

Two days later, on March 15, the source of HuffPost’s “story” retracted the claim on which it was built:

HuffPost’s search engine proves it never retracted or apologized for the false claims in this story.  Instead, over the next two months, HuffPost:

  • Maintained its “jihad” of lies, distortions and smears against Haspel — presented as “news” stories
  • Ignored the growing chorus of veteran intelligence and military personnel who’d worked with Haspel, and were publicly supporting and defending her

See the documentation behind these allegations at:

(1.24) March 2018: HuffPost published a splash headline that claimed President Trump’s nominee for director of the CIA “is a literal torturer,” then never corrected the record after its source for the story retracted the claim

Then, on May 9, 2018, HuffPost published this “news” item on its front page:

Clicking on that headline brought the reader to this story page:

9/11 Mastermind Waterboarded By CIA Has Information To Share About Gina Haspel, by Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post, May 9, 2018. Excerpt:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks, says he has information to share with lawmakers about CIA head nominee Gina Haspel ahead of her Senate confirmation hearing.

Mohammed, who was repeatedly tortured by the CIA following his 2003 capture in Pakistan, sought permission this week from a Guantanamo Bay judge to “share six paragraphs of information” about Haspel with the Senate Intelligence Committee, reported The New York Times.

Notice also that HuffPost made no mention of the fact that the enhanced interrogation techniques to which KSM were subjected resulted in a treasure trove of actionable intelligence, which the Pentagon and CIA used to wage America’s war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban more effectively.

This, again, was part of HuffPost’s long-term pattern of incitement, bias and dehumanization of the U.S. military and intelligence communities, while whitewashing and even legitimizing Islamist terrorists.

Various examples of HuffPost evoking worldwide sympathy for Guantanamo detainees, even when it knew there was zero proof of their allegations against the U.S. military