One of the terrorist masterminds behind the September 11 attacks has been identified as the cold-blooded killer of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was beheaded in Pakistan in 2002, according to a new report released by The Center for Public Integrity.
The 80-page investigative report links Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who is being held indefininately in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for his role in planning the al Qaeda terror attacks in 2001, as the primary killer in the Pearl video.
According to the report, U.S. Officials were able to positively identify Sheik Mohammed by comparing the veins in his hands to those in the hand of the killer on the video. The identification was confirmation of Mohammed's own confession to CIA interrogators after his capture.
The report describes how Mohammed first cut Pearl's throat with the hope of capturing it on video to use as a propaganda tool. The video camera failed to operate so Mohammed had to do it again but this time he decapitated Pearl and then mutilated his body, burying him on the compound. According to the report the guards on the compound washed the blood off the floor and then prayed on the spot shortly after Pearl's killing.