9/11 mastermind designed vacuum cleaners to keep sane in prison


Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, was actually doing well for himself locked up in a Romanian prison. Mohammed was so well taken care of (relatively speaking), that he asked to be given the chance to design a vacuum cleaner, to which the CIA responded with an enthusiastic yes.

Why would the CIA grant a man who has allegedly done so many evil deeds the right to design a vacuum cleaner you ask? For starters, the CIA isn’t done with him yet; they need Mohammed to be a sane person if and when the time comes when they might need to extract information from him or put him on trial.

On top of the vacuum cleaner thing, Mohammed had regular office hours where he would address intelligence officers on all manner of subjects. In addition, he’s a writer, though that didn’t go very well due to Mohammed sending secret messages through his books to other inmates about not sharing information regards to Osama bin Laden’s courier. Furthermore, Mohammed turned into a massive Harry Potter fan, but we wonder if he will still be able to keep his sanity now that both the movies and books are completed.

With all that said, we have to wonder though — what did the man plan on doing with a vacuum cleaner? It is likely he just wants to pass the time by doing something constructive rather than sitting around doing nothing. But you never know.

At the moment, Khalid Sheik Mohammed is no longer locked up in that Romanian prison, as the prison is currently closed. He’s currently spending the rest of his days at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, though it is not certain if he got the chance to bring his vacuum toy with him.

[via Miami Herald, image via Wikipedia]

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