Picture Imperfect: Courtroom Artist Sheikh-up at Gitmo

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is accused of (and has admitted to) conspiring with al Qaeda in the planning and carrying out of the 9/11 attacks, is on trial at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

In addition to asking for the death penalty (I’d rather send him to Sheriff Arpaio first for a couple of weeks of pink underwear humiliation before capping his worthless skull), Mohammed also wants a say over how the courtroom artist draws him — and he’s getting his wish:

Accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed objected that a courtroom sketch artist had made his nose look too wide on Thursday and sent her back to revise the drawing.

“He didn’t like the nose,” artist Janet Hamlin said.

Mohammed asked Hamlin to obtain a copy of a photo taken shortly after his 2003 capture in Pakistan and redraw the nose to look as it did in that picture, the artist said.
Cameras are banned in the top-security courtroom so news organizations hired Hamlin to sketch the scene. Military censors review Guantanamo courtroom sketches before they can be released to ensure they do not reveal any national secrets.

But Thursday’s hearing marked the first time defendants themselves were granted the right to approve their likenesses.

Mohammed finally admitted his nose was drawn too big after a long night of waterboarding — but he wasn’t easy to break.

Seriously though, fine, make the nose more diminutive… as long as it’s drawn smaller just above the large cartoon noose around his neck.

Given all the increasingly insane legal deference to the whims of psychos, it really is amazing that civilized society still exists at all, isn’t it?


“I’m ready for my close-up, Ms. Hamlin…”

Author: Doug Powers

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