Homeland Security Update: Bret Baier

Bret Baier
We asked FNC Pentagon correspondent  Bret Baier to update us on the status of the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was arrested in Pakistan last March.

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Do we know if Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is being interrogated in the U.S.?

We know that he is NOT in the U.S. He is being interrogated by U.S. officials in a foreign country. He could be in Afghanistan or Pakistan, but obviously no one is talking about his location.

Do officials believe he can lead us to Bin Laden?

He hasn't done it yet — but the hope is that through the contacts he is exposing, the CIA may be able to better pick up the trail to Bin Laden.

Is it true that Khalid is uncle to Ramzi Yousef, the architect of the 1993 WTC bombing? If so, are other family members being interrogated?

Yes, he is the uncle of Ramzi Yousef. We don't know if other family members are being interrogated, but U.S. officials say they have talked to a number of other people Mohammed was and is close to — likely including his extended family.

Are there signs that he will ever be brought to trial?

No signs yet, but one would guess that he is high on the list for possible trial in a military tribunal. No decisions have been made yet. U.S. officials believe he still is a valuable intelligence source and they are not rushing to go to trial.

Terrorism experts say the interrogation report is giving a clearer picture of how al Qaeda operates. Can you expand on that at all?

It gave a clear picture of how al Qaeda operated under Mohammed; how he communicated with operatives, what they were thinking in the planning process of attacks, how much bin Laden factored into the planning, how they adapted their plans and changed them, and the overall psychology of how they chose their targets.

Has he helped officials thwart any terror plans since he's been captured?

U.S. officials won't tell us specifics. However, privately they say pieces of information from Mohammed have led to operations where the U.S. was able to break up terrorist cells who were planning attacks. CIA officials say he has been a "treasure-trove" of information. CIA officers are still following up on some of the leads he has provided.