shiny, shiny!

You guys are going to have to forgive me if I'm a little cynical about the timing of these revelations:

Mohammed claimed responsibility for planning, financing, and training others for bombings ranging from the 1993 attack at the World Trade Center to the attempt by would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes.

In all, Mohammed said he was responsible for planning 29 individual attacks, including many that were never executed. The comments were included in a 26-page transcript released by the Pentagon, which also blacked out some of his remarks.

What, you mean the parts where he was screaming, "Oh, God, please make it stop!  I'll say whatever you want!  No more, please!  AHHHH, GOD, NOOOOOO!!  NOOOOOO!!"?

CNN has this particularly ghoulish new wrinkle:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told a U.S. military tribunal he personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, the Pentagon revealed Thursday.

"I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan," said a Pentagon transcript of Saturday's hearing. "For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head."

(Ooooh!  How long do you suppose it's going to take KSFO Snuff Radio to dig that up and put it on their website?  I should think that the countdown has already begun, chickens!)

Yes, look!  Over there!  Arabs are violent and evil!  Pay no attention to the Presidential Aide behind the curtain! 

By golly, if there's one thing the American public will drop whatever it's doing to run and see, it's a severed head.  The only way this story could soak up any more air-time now would be if Anna Nicole Smith's breast implants were involved.

It's still unlcear whether Khalid had any role in the cancellation of "Arrested Development" or the soon-to-be-uncovered foiled terror plot to keep Daylight Savings Time from coming a month early.