[quote name='Paul Rigby' post='113990' date='Aug 12 2007, 11:31 AM'][quote name='Len Colby' post='113985' date='Aug 12 2007, 02:41 PM']He freely admitted it in open court in the US and in letters to and interviews with media outlets.[/quote] But chose not to testify at his trail in Pakistan - odd, really, if he wanted to deliver his message to his home audience. [/quote]
By “home audience” did you mean Pakistanis or Americans? He was never tried in homeland. He repeatedly talked about how and why he did it to the media in both countries. Testifying or not at trial would have made little difference in the amount of publicity he got. His defense never disputed that he did it; they challenged the courts jurisdiction claiming he had been illegally removed from Pakistan. Perhaps not testifying at his US trial was his lawyer’s idea (I mistakenly indicated he had) .
A brief sampling of his statements as reported by diverse sources:
"I was real angry with the policy of the U.S. government in the Middle East, particularly toward the Palestinian people," Kasi said in a prison interview with CNN affiliate WTTG.
Kasi worked for a local courier service at the time of the shooting and was familiar with the area around the CIA headquarters. He fled the scene and remained on the run for more than four years, until FBI agents in a hotel in Pakistan captured him in June 1997. According to prosecutors, he spent most of his time hiding in Afghanistan, with only occasional stops in Pakistan.
On the flight back to the United States, authorities said, he gave an oral and written confession to Garrett after signing a written rights waiver form. He was found guilty after a 10-day trial in Fairfax County in November 1997.
He was interviewed by a Pakistani newspaper shortly before his execution:
Q: What are the causes that you have referred to?
MAK: It is their policy towards Israel and Islamic countries and my reaction. I also told this to my lawyers and to the FBI in my confession, but these people are not prepared to have it raised in court. They simply are not prepared to listen.
Q: What has the US policy towards Israel got to do with this event (the killings outside CIA in 1993)?
MAK: These people are saying that I have murdered two people and it is a capital murder case, but I tell them that this had political reasons
I have absolutely no regrets. I have absolutely no regrets. But I am sorry at the manner in which I was caught.
He wrote a series of letters to a Salon magazine columnist and went into detail about his actions and motives excerpts were published in a 2 page article:
I am not proud of what happened. I feel sad (that) the people who came under attack were not powerful people ... I wish powerful people would have come under the attack, then it would have been better,http://www.salon.com...2news_kasi.html
The attack on CIA was my idea alone ... Nobody in Pakistan knew about it. I alone planned everything and did it.
I wanted to punish those who do wrong things against Muslim countries like Iraq http://www.salon.com...news_kasi2.html
I started shooting at cars in front of me. When the shooting finished I was returning back to my Isuzu pickup ... I shot at him from front. I did not [go] back and to the back of his [CIA employee Frank Darling’s] car. I shot him several times from the front. I sat in my pickup and drove away
During the plane ride to the United States, Kasi told Garrett he wanted to "teach a lesson" to the U.S. government. "He would have killed anyone at the gates of the CIA that day," said Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr., who prosecuted Kasi. "He was getting even with the CIA for the way they treated the Muslim people of the world. He was, and I believe he is, proud of what he did, and I believe he'd do it again tomorrow morning if he had the chance." http://www.washingto...anguage=printer Kansi was tried in state rather than Federal court because at time of attack Federal law did not provide a death penalty for acts of terrorism; has made clear since his conviction in November 1997 that his motive for attack was political.http://select.nytime...DA80894D0494D81 In November 2002… when Mir Aimal Kasi, who killed several people outside of CIA headquarters in 1993, was on death row, he declared: "What I did was a retaliation against the US government" for American policy in the Middle East and its support of Israel.
Kasi has said as much in various media interviews over the past several days. He had agreed to speak to The Washington Post but backed out moments before the scheduled interview.
William Blum citing Associated Press, November 7, 2002http://www.counterpu...um08122003.html
"What I did was a retaliation against the U.S. government" for American policy in the Middle East and its support of Israel, he said. "It had nothing to do with terrorism."http://www.nytimes.c...l...cdc&ei=5070
Mr. Kasi said he did not agree with the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
"They were totally wrong," he said. "They were attacks against civilian people."
But he refused to condemn the attack on the Pentagon that same day "since the Pentagon is an agency involved in attacks against Muslim countries."
He said he has no regret about the killings he committed.
"I'm not sorry for attacking the C.I.A.," he said. "You know, I feel sorry and sad for the families of the victims. I don't say that I feel happy or proud for it."
During the flight to the United States, Kasi signed a written waiver
of his rights and gave an oral and written confession to the crimes to
Agent Garrett. The confession was summarized by the Virginia
Supreme Court as follows:
In the written statement, [Kasi] confirmed he purchased
the AK-47 rifle and about 150 rounds of ammunition several
days before the incident in question. He said he drove his
pickup truck to the scene, "got out of my vehicle & started
shooting into vehicles stopped at a red light." Continuing, he
stated that "I shot approximately 10 rounds shooting 5 peo-
ple. I aimed for the chest area of the people I shot. I then
returned to my truck & drove back to my apartment." He
also stated that "several days before the shooting I decided
to do the shooting at the CIA or the Israeli Embassy but
decided to shoot at the CIA because it was easier because
CIA officials are not armed."
As part of his oral statement to Garrett, [Kasi] enumer-
ated political reasons "why he wanted to do this shooting."
He said he was "upset" because U.S. aircraft had attacked
parts of Iraq, he was "upset with the CIA because of their
involvement in Muslim countries," and he was concerned
with "killing of Pakistanians by U.S. components." When
Garrett asked [Kasi] "why he stopped shooting," he replied
"there wasn't anybody else left to shoot." When asked about
the gender of those shot, [Kasi] replied "that he only shot
males because it would be against his religion to shoot
Kasi, 508 S.E.2d at 61-62. UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT – Denial of Kasi’s appeal of his conviction. (Note that he never disputed his guilt)http://caselaw.lp.fi...c...22P&exact=1
In the written statement, he confirmed that he purchased the AK-47 rifle and about 150 rounds of ammunition several days
before the incident. http://www.pakistanl.../Nov/22/03.html
He said he drove his pickup truck to the scene, got out of his vehicle and started shooting into vehicles stopped at a red light. Continuing, he stated: “I shot approximately 10 rounds, shooting five people. I aimed for the chest area of the people I shot. I then returned to my truck and drove back to my apartment.” He also stated that several days before the shooting he decided to do the shooting at the CIA or the Israeli embassy but decided to shoot at the CIA because it was easier because CIA officials are not armed.
Even his brothers said he did it, find me one person other than you who thinks he didn’t.
[quote][quote]The glass and gun could have been planted but it's odd if they were that neither he nor his roommate said anything about it. Do you think the local cops were in on it too?[/quote]
Given who he worked for - see below - my faith in the testimony of his roommate isn't the greatest. [/quote]
You lost me there just who did his roommate work for again? If you meant Kasi himself why would his roommate be suspect because he (Kasi) drove a delivery truck?
[quote]Planted evidence? Police in cahoots with the CIA? Unthinkable. Or may be that wasn't the case here (see final item).[/quote]
It`s possible the evidence was planted but it existence makes your theory even less likely. But that evidence is superfluous since he bragged about doing it to anyone who`d listen.
[quote][quote]You also ignored that he was IDed by witnesses, normally you put such a premium on eyewitness testimony.[/quote]
Not too often you get a boat-load of eyewitnesses who openly admit to working for Langley. [/quote]
That`s a really silly objection who do you expect people lining up to get into CIA HQ to work for? So what’s your theory, they intentionally misidentified the person who killed their coworkers and some cases injured and/or tried to kill them? It doesn’t really matter though he freely and repeatedly confessed.
[quote][quote]I guess being shown to be wrong hurts leading you to resort to sarcasm. Almost all photos of Kansi show him to be light-skinned enough to pass as white especially by witnesses who got brief glimpses of him from inside their cars shortly after sun up as he was randomly shooting people (in their cars) with an automatic weapon.[/quote]
All you've shown me, Len, is a photograph with what appears to be an unnatural light source on his face, a photograph whose provenance and handling would require a great deal more investigation than a thumbs-up from an habitual establishment shil. [/quote]
He appears light skinned in all the images I could find of him on the Net, see if you can turn one up which shows him too dark to pass for white to a terrified witness who only got a brief glimpse of him through their window before crouching down in their car shortly after sunrise.
Edited by Len Colby, 14 August 2007 - 09:07 PM.