Archive for ‘February, 2013’

The Blind Sheikh: A Flashpoint For Terror 20 Years After The World Trade Center Bombing

The Blind Sheikh: A Flashpoint For Terror 20 Years After The World Trade Center Bombing

February 26th, 2013, the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and injured a thousand, may be the latest proof of George Santayana’s prediction that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Why? Because Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind cleric convicted as the leader of that bombing cell, continues […]

The 9/11 Five’s Defense Counsel Granted Limited Visitation Privileges to “Camp 7”

The 9/11 Five’s Defense Counsel Granted Limited Visitation Privileges to “Camp 7”

Judge James Pohl has granted the defense counsel in the 9/11 military commission limited access to Camp 7, the top secret prison home of the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his four co-defendants. The defense counsel teams initially requested a 48-hour access stint, which included the ability to sleepover with […]

KSM, Co-Defendants’ Legal Mail Ransacked And Seized

KSM, Co-Defendants’ Legal Mail Ransacked And Seized

Wednesday’s pre-hearings in, United States v. Mohammed, et al., ended in soap opera-esqe drama. The last motion of the day was postponed until Thursday morning when it was announced that the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and two of his co-defendants, had returned to their cells after yesterday’s session to find […]

Guantanamo Military Tribunals: A Soup Of Sound

Guantanamo Military Tribunals: A Soup Of Sound

Although unclear at times, the issue for the second day of pre-trial hearings in United States v. Mohammed, et al., concerned the extent to which “The Man Behind the Curtain” could monitor attorney-client and attorney-attorney privileged communications from both inside and outside the courtroom. Three witnesses testified to this issue. Based on what was said—  […]

KSM Trial Attorney Asks and Answers: “Am I Being Listened To When I Talk To My Client?”

KSM Trial Attorney Asks and Answers: “Am I Being Listened To When I Talk To My Client?”

The Guantanamo Bay military commission hearing, Untied States v. Mohammed, et al., continued on Monday after a hiatus of a week and a half. As was the case in the al-Nashiri hearing held in the interim, just who could listen in on what was again at center stage, with defense counsel protesting that the courtroom […]

The Al-Nashiri Guantanamo Hearing: “The Man Behind the Curtain” Turns Defense Counsel Into Cornered Huddled Masses

The Al-Nashiri Guantanamo Hearing: “The Man Behind the Curtain” Turns Defense Counsel Into Cornered Huddled Masses

Prosecution says: ‘Al-Nashiri’s Incompetent To Stand Trial; Now Let’s Continue With The Trial.’ In the first of what was supposed to be four days of hearings in Guantanamo in the case against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri—the alleged mastermind behind the U.S.S. Cole bombing—the commissions came to a screeching halt. Judge James Pohl granted the prosecution’s motion […]

New Document Details Arguments About Torture At A JSOC Prison

New Document Details Arguments About Torture At A JSOC Prison

Journalist Michael Otterman, author of the excellent book, American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond, was kind enough to forward to me some months ago a document he obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The document consists of the after-action reports made by Colonel Steven Kleinman and Terrence Russell, two of […]

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