She also said she was very hopeful that Sudan would be off the list by the time her clients term ran out. Just in case, she said, defense lawyers would develop a backup plan to find the man who has already spent eight years at Guantánamo a place to go.
In closing arguments Friday, defense and prosecution lawyers painted a starkly different portrait of the man.
Noor was a small weapons trainer and sometime operations manager at the Khaldan paramilitary camp in the 90s, which Pentagon prosecutor Navy Lt. Cmdr. Arthur Gaston called a vital pipeline of recruits for al Qaeda.
He has admitted to making hundreds of terrorists, and simply set them off into the world, said Gaston, reading between the lines of Noors nine-page confession that was crafted by lawyers.
U.S. Marine Capt. Chris Kannady, one of Noors defense attorneys, cautioned the jury that Noor was never directly tied to any terror attack. Khaldan was never part of al Qaeda, he said, and Noor never joined the global terror movement.
You cant sentence him to the offenses of others, he said. He did plead guilty. But he didnt plead guilty to being a terrorist.
Noor has been held at Guantánamo since August 2002. In a written bid for leniency, he described being held by U.S. guards under abusive conditions at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan. He detailed painful shackling, blasts of hot and cold, deafening music, and being left naked in sight of female soldiers.
Kannady asked the jury of officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force not to disregard that claim in weighing his sentence.
Our government has confirmed that some very bad things were done to people while Noor was in custody. They were happening. Theres no question. You decide if they were happening to Noor or not, he said.
There were beatings, humiliation, fear, isolation and other things just difficult to stomach.