Thursday, June 05, 2008

Trials start today in Guantanamo Bay

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-identified mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, along with four others will go on trial today at a special military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay.
The military expects a confrontational hearing when the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and four alleged confederates are brought before a Marine colonel presiding over their war-crimes tribunal.

At an arraignment scheduled for Thursday, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was expected to make his first public appearance since being captured in Pakistan in 2003, held in CIA custody at secret sites and transferred to Guantanamo in 2006.

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The four defendants due to appear with Mohammed are: Ramzi Binalshibh, said to have been the main intermediary between the hijackers and al-Qaida leaders; Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, known as Ammar al-Baluchi, a nephew and lieutenant of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed; al-Baluchi's assistant, Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi; and Waleed bin Attash, a detainee known as Khallad, who allegedly selected and trained some of the 19 hijackers.
Expect howling and teeth-gnashing on a grand scale from the left on this. They'll say the trials are rigged and will, of course, completely ignore the fact that their earlier complaints were that these dirt bags were being held without trial.

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