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9/11 TRIAL IN PROSPECT June 2, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights.

The alleged “mastermind” of 9/11 along with four alleged accomplishes are to stand trial before military judges at Guantanamo Bay. This is the reversion to plan A, when plan B was rejected as impractical.

The Guardian quoting Associated Press reports:

US military prosecutors have refiled terrorism and murder charges against the accused mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and four other men under a revamped trial process at Guantánamo Bay.

The charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others allege that they were responsible for planning the attacks that sent hijacked planes into the World Trade Centre in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people in 2001.

Prosecutors have recommended that the trial be a capital case, which could bring the death penalty.

The five men had been charged previously in connection with the attacks, but those charges were dropped in 2009 when the Obama administration hoped to close the US detention facility at Guantánamo and do away with Bush-era military commissions for trying terror suspects.

The other four alleged co-conspirators are Waleed bin Attash, better known as Khallad, a Yemeni who allegedly ran an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan and researched flight simulators and timetables; Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a Yemeni who allegedly helped find flight schools for the hijackers; Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, accused of helping nine of the hijackers travel to the US and sending them $120,000 for expenses and flight training; and Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi, a Saudi accused of helping the hijackers with money, western clothing, traveller’s cheques and credit cards.

All five men were charged with conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, destruction of property in violation of the law of war, hijacking aircraft and terrorism.

The men initially were charged with the same offences in February 2008 but that plan stalled in 2009 as Barack Obama ordered a review of the military commission system. That November the attorney general Eric Holder announced that the five would face trial in a civilian court in New York.

That plan, however, was widely opposed by Republicans in Congress, as well as some New York Democrats, and Congress passed legislation prohibiting any move to bring Guantánamo detainees to the US.

Since Osama bin Laden’s body with multiple bullet wounds was consigned to the Arabian Sea, it now emerges on the basis of this report that he was not the mastermind of the series of attacks in North America in September 2001. There might be some doubt with years of incarceration and multiple torture episodes whether the defendants in such a trail will be fit to plea. Never mind, Obama is on a roll and vengeance will be done, and doubtless a military court will follow orders rather than precedent. Of course the court proceeding will be in Arabic to allow the prisoners to follow what is going on.



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