WASHINGTON — The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has written a rambling, deeply religious manifesto that suggests Muslims should not use violence to spread Islam — a sharp departure from his earlier boasts of waging violent jihad against the U.S. and other non-Muslim nations.
The unclassified comments by
The 36-page document, titled "The Road to Real Happiness," includes not only references to the Koran, but quotes by
"But at the end the American soldiers go back 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," he wrote.
The document is described as the first of three parts, with subsequent writings to defend the Sept. 11 attacks and dispute the validity of the U.S.-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, which he suggests were chiefly meant to benefit military contractors such as
The Koran, Mohammed wrote, "forbids us to use force as a means of converting" others, and "truth and reality never comes by muscles and force but by using the mind and wisdom." Those statements clash with his earlier braggadocio in saying he plotted the Sept. 11 attacks and personally beheaded
Mohammed personally addresses the military judge, court officials, prosecutors and defense lawyers involved in his case, inviting them to accept Islam and saying that his time in the
Defense lawyers took the document to the judge, and U.S. intelligence and security officials at Guantanamo and elsewhere combed through it for references to classified material. After the review, copies were shared with the court personnel. By Tuesday, the
Mohammed grew up in Kuwait and was closely aligned with Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. He is believed to have presented the plan for attacks using airplanes to Bin Laden.
Mohammed was captured in 2003. After three years of custody at so-called