Rap sheet or laundry list?
In a hearing at Guantanamo Bay, alleged terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has ‘confessed’ to the commission of, or involvement in, more than thirty terrorist plots, from the September 11 2001 atrocities in the US, to a plot to kill the late Pope John Paul II.
It’s been remarked that this is not so much a rap sheet as a laundry list. Scepticism about the reliability of Khalid’s confession is understandable in consideration of the opaque quasi-judicial proceedings of the Guantanamo military commissions.
Doctoral candidate Dylan Kissane appears to accept the reliability of the confession implicitly, while his nemesis, Flinders University doctoral student Damian Lataan, characteristically rejects it in entirety as “garbage”.
Likely the truth lies somewhere between the entrenched positions of Loony Lataan and Credulous Kissane. Meanwhile, we may wonder at the state of ‘higher learning’ generally.