CIA torture cover-up still looms over 9/11 trials at Guantánamo


Raw Story: U.S. war crimes in the so-called War on Terror were back in the spotlight Tuesday as pretrial hearings for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants resumed at Guantánamo Bay, with a lawyer for one of the men asserting that a “continuing cover-up” of CIA torture is the reason none of the suspects have been tried 15 years after their transfer to the extralegal prison.

“Enter the Guantánamo Bay military commissions, purpose-built to launder the CIA torture program.”
—Alka Pradhan, human rights lawyer

After a 17-month delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the five defendants—Mohammed, his nephew Ammar al-Baluchi, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shib, and Mustafa al-Hawsawi—appeared before a U.S. military court at Gitmo’s “Camp Justice” Tuesday.

The men—two Pakistanis, two Yemenis, and one Saudi—stand accused of what military prosecutor Clayton Trivett Jr. has called the “summary execution” of nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania during the September 11, 2001 attacks. They face execution if convicted.

However, the defendants’ attorneys argue that their clients’ confessions should be thrown out because they were extracted through torture, evidence of which has been blocked from the courtroom. Experts also say that confessions and information resulting from torture are highly unreliable.

“Make no mistake. Covering up torture is the reason that these men were brought to Guantánamo and the continuing cover-up of torture is the reason that indefinite detention at Guantánamo still exists,” Jay Connell, the lawyer representing al-Baluchi, said Tuesday. “The cover-up of torture is also the reason that we are all gathered at Guantánamo for the 42nd hearing in the 9/11 military commission on the 15th anniversary of the transfer of these men to Guantanamo.”  Read more…


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    • Guantanamo is about peopling the “fairy tale” In this case the preps are mostly unavailable to make any appearances in court for the American people to see. They need living people to bulk up their absurd tale. That is why they are holding cab drivers & nobodies who had nothing to do with the conspiracy. And they ain’t about to sweat Dov Zakheim to find out the provonance of the planes that hit the towers. One of the greatest features of the crime is that almost all of the preps are not around to be questioned, but the drawback is that there not enought left to blame & vilify. Even some really big fish have gotten away Scott free. Like the director of Pakistan ISI which is Pakistan’s
      equilivalent of the U.S’s See eye aay. He is the one who gave Kallid Sheikh Mohamed the $100,000 and instructed him to wire it to Mohave Atta. He was fired from that job, but never arrested, extradited, renderd or suffered ANY known punishment, and I believe he is appointed guvernor of Swat or some other place in Pakistan.. Why did they keep the Taxi driver locked up, but let this guy slither away… Maybe you could tell me…

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