According to WorldNet Daily:
Rosie O'Donnell, hosting ABC's popular "The View" morning show, came to the defense of terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed today, suggesting the government elicited a false confession from the 9/11 mastermind by using torture, robbing him of his humanity and treating him like an animal.
A transcript of Mohammed's confession to 31 terrorist attacks was released today, but O'Donnell argued it came only after having a "hood on his head and being beaten to death."
Pointing out Mohammed was arrested in March 2003, O'Donnell asked, "Why hasn't he admitted it until now?" according to clips posted on the weblog HotAir.com.
"They didn't allow reporters there and he hasn't had a lawyer," the talk show host stated, insinuating the confession was coerced with no accountability.
Defending U.S. handling of Mohammed, co-panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked, "You don't think he had ties to any of (the terrorist acts)?"
"I think the man has been under custody in secret CIA torture prisons and Guantanamo Bay where torture is accepted and allowed and he finally is the guy who admits to doing everything," O'Donnell said. "They finally found the guy, it's not that guy bin Laden, it's this guy they've had since March 2003."
"And look, this is the picture they release of him. Doesn't he look healthy?"
The photo of an unkempt Mohammed, however, was taken upon his arrest four years ago.
O'Donnell then argued terrorists are people too, and asserted the U.S. "robs them of their humanity."
"They've been treating them like animals … they have hoods over their heads, they torture them on a daily basis," she said.
Suggesting the U.S. is looking for a scapegoat, O'Donnell said of Mohammed,
"for whatever he did or didn't do, he is not the be all, end all of terrorism in America. And our government has not found the answer in this one man."
In November, O'Donnell told Hasselbeck in an exchange on "The View" that Americans shouldn't fear terrorists.
"Faith or fear, that's your choice," she said.
"You can walk through life believing in the goodness of the world, or walk through life afraid of anyone who thinks different than you and trying to convert them to your way of thinking."