Prompted by the prosecutor, the father said the video was especially troubling because it promoted ''propaganda, hate, violence'' -- values his family abhored.
''He was raised, in short, to respect all people of religious beliefs and that violence was wrong,'' Swenchonis said. ``If you had to go to war you went to war for your nation -- and you wore a uniform and that's what a uniform was all about.''
The Yemeni watched from the defendant's table expressionless. Like throughout the trial, he sat silently in tan prison camp jumpsuit and slip-on sneakers.
Lippold, now a civilian, testified in charcoal suit and red tie. He said he first learned of Bahlul's handiwork in 2003 when a TV news correspondent showed it to him while both men were working at the Pentagon.
''I was disgusted with it. . . . It was like tearing open a wound,'' said Lippold, who described his first reaction to seeing Bahlul's handiwork -- a cartoon-like cloud superimposed over a 40-by-40-foot hole in the side of his warship.
''I knew that video was going to have a big impact,'' he said.
Its message, as he saw it: ``That al Qaeda was capable of planning and executing this kind of amoral and cowardly attack. It was going be a very powerful tool.''
Bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, also of Yemen, was convicted of supporting terror in August. A different jury sentenced him to time served plus the rest of 2008 in prison.
In contrast to Hamdan's clear contrition, Bahlul has been defiant through the trial. He refused to mount a defense or let his Pentagon lawyer question trial witnesses.
Earlier, out of earshot of the jury, Bahlul said he rejected the authority of the U.S. military to judge him, and revered only bin Laden and Islamic shariya law.
Bahlul spent portions of his trial scribbling on pages, apparently drafts of an address he may deliver before sentencing later Monday.
The jury included three Army colonels, three Navy captains, two Air Force colonels and a Marine colonel with pilot's wings on his uniform.
The war court's former chief prosecutor, retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis, a persistent critic of secrecy surrounding the process, noted that the United States had managed to complete only three men's cases before commissions: Hicks, who pleaded in exchange for his freedom; Hamdan, and Bahlul, whom he described as ''a dupe, a driver and default,'' because he refused to defend himself.
Then Davis declared the war court all but dead.
''I suspect that's the last of the military commissions,'' said Davis. ``With the Bush administration in its final 80 days, I'm hopeful the next administration will put an end to this regrettable chapter in our nation's history and begin the process of restoring the nation's reputation.''
Davis' successor, Army Col. Lawrence Morris, said he would not bring any more cases to trial before the end of the year.
But he declared himself ''pleased with the verdict'' in the Bahlul case, and pleased with the findings, by the jurors who found the Yemeni guilty on all charges.
Morris said he planned to go forward with the Jan. 5 trial of Mohammed Jawad, a young Afghan accused of tossing a grenade that wounded two U.S. soldiers and their translator in an Afghan bazaar.
In a pre-trial hearing, Jawad's judge ruled his confession, obtained in a Kabul police station soon after his December 2002 arrest, was derived by torture at the hands of Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
His attorney, the same man assigned to the Bahlul case, Air Forces Reserve Maj. David Frakt, has declared the case unprosecutable -- echoing a recent ruling from the trial judge.