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January 31, 2013

Guantanamo judge: Dismantle secret censorship system

  • cause On Monday, a video feed from a military courtroom hearing a case involving 9/11 suspects stationed at Guantanamo was interrupted by an outside censor. While a person on the premises next to the judge censors sensitive information, the feed (which is already on a 40-second delay) was cut by a third party outside of the courtroom.
  • reaction On Thursday, the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, ordered the censorship system dismantled. ”It is the judge that controls the courtroom,” he said. “This is the last time … any other third party will be permitted to unilaterally decide that the broadcast should be suspended.” Don’t mess with James Pohl. source
12:28 // 1 year ago
May 5, 2012

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stands trial before military tribunal

  • 5 detainees facing military tribunal over 9/11, KSM among them source

» Resisting the process: For the first time in nearly three years, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other co-defendants appeared before a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, facing 2,976 counts of murder for the 9/11 attacks. The proceedings have not gone smoothly, as the defendants removed their headphones, which provide Arabic translations, refusing to listen to questioning much less answer. Two of the defendants left their seats to pray, as well – Mohammed’s civilian lawyer, David Nevin, said his client was refusing to cooperate because he deemed the process unfair. Military tribunals have been a hot-button issue in the past – President Obama initially wanted a civilian trial for Mohammed in New York City, but reversed due to political and logistical issues.

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15:22 // 1 year ago
April 5, 2011

Alleged 9/11 mastermind will face military tribunal, not civilian trial

  • NO Khalid Sheikh Mohammed won’t be tried in NYC court source

» Why the change? In November of 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder angered a lot of people (mostly Republicans) by announcing that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others implicated in masterminding the 9/11 attacks would be tried in civilian court, as opposed to military tribunals. Now, Holder has changed course. He blames the change of plans on Congress, which passed legislation barring federal funds from being used to transfer GITMO detainees to the US. However, President Obama signed that legislation, so the White House can’t cry foul too loudly here without being just a tad hypocritical.

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1:12 // 3 years ago
November 18, 2010

Civilian terrorism trials not looking like such a hot idea anymore

  • bad A civilian court trial against embassy bomber Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani only managed to convict the Guantanamo suspect on one charge – out of 285.
  • worse Obama’s failure to secure a conviction in civilian court means other civilian terror trials – including one for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – are off the table. source
10:07 // 3 years ago
November 6, 2010
I thought about my meeting with Danny Pearl’s widow, who was pregnant with his son when he was murdered. I thought about the 2,971 people stolen from their families by al Qaeda on 9/11. And I thought about my duty to protect my country from another act of terror. ‘Damn right,’ I said.
George W. Bush • Explaining in his coming memoir, “Decision Points,” why he allowed the CIA to waterboard suspects being interrogated, specifically Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. While it’s clear from the quote that he thought the decision through, the off-the-cuffness of his response strikes us as a little, you know, stark. We appreciate Bush caring so much about the lives of Americans that he’s willing to waterboard a 9/11 suspect, but waterboarding is about half a step away from torture. In fact, depending on who you ask, lots of people consider it torture. Also in the book, Bush (who claims to be through with politics) compliments Obama’s political skills while criticizing those of John McCain. He is also keeping his nose out of the whole 2012 race out of respect for Obama. This is impressive restraint that he at times didn’t show in office, by the way. source (viafollow)
13:00 // 3 years ago