May 072012

FORT MEADE, Md.โ€”The Sept. 11, 2001, conspiracy case began at Guantanamo Bay on Saturday as a battle of wills between a military judge and the five defendants, thwarting government efforts to quickly get the prosecution under way.

Hearings will be resumed next month under an order by Col. James Pohl, the presiding military judge in the proceedings being held at the U.S. Naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Closed-circuit feeds were provided to several military installations on the mainland, including this Army installation near Washington.

The arraignment dragged into the night as lawyers for some of the terror suspects demanded a full reading of the lengthy and detailed list of charges against the suspects, a formality that typically is waived.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants face potential death sentences if convicted of the plot that saw four airliners hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

But Saturday’s arraignment was another demonstration of the complexity of prosecuting the men allegedly involved in the planning of the Sept. 11 airline attacks and underscored predictions that a final resolution is years away, especially because many features of the long-troubled military commissions experiment remain untested before the federal courts. Among them are such fundamental questions of which constitutional rights, if any, the defendants hold.

But one defendant, Ramzi Binalshibh, said at the hearing that the government might not wait that long. It was possible, he said, that his Guantanamo jailers “are going to kill us” and call it a suicide, he said, before Col. Pohl, silenced him for disrupting the proceedings.

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  4 Responses to “Guantanamo Judge Grapples With Disruptive Terror Suspects”

  1. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was “water boarded” 183 …thats one ….hundred ….and… eighty ….three TIMES !
    He would have confessed to killing Cleopatra and Jesus if asked !
    How can any thinking person support this travesty of justice ?

  2. Yep – this so called “trial” is nothing but a farce – a kangaroo court ๐Ÿ™

    Excellent article here on 9/11 JUSTICE – Was it Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or Osama Bin Laden who was behind the 9/11 attacks?

  3. “Was it Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or Osama Bin Laden who was behind the 9/11 attacks? ” ,thats the beauty of lying to an audience that doesn’t pay attention .
    You can change your position to suit the “new reality” !
    “The Hubris Syndrome” prevents “them” from realizing some of us are paying attention and see their lies for what they are.

  4. The only evidence ‘they’ have is a confession. What sort of justice do they have? NONE