Mystery explained: How 9-11 'mastermind' got an orange beard at Gitmo
In this photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed holds up a piece of paper during a court recess at his Military Commissions pretrial hearing in the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, October 23, 2012 12:13PM EDT
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The Pentagon has given a partial explanation to a Guantanamo mystery: How the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks managed to dye his beard.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's bushy grey beard has been colored a rusty orange during court appearances. Spectators had assumed he used henna, which is used by some Muslims as a hair dye.
A Pentagon spokesman says Mohammed used "natural means," such as juice from berries that he receives in his meals. Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale said Tuesday that Mohammed did not receive any "outside" means to color his beard.
Mohammed is kept under such heavy security that his lawyers can't even reveal routine conversations with their client.
He is charged with four other prisoners with aiding and planning the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.