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9/11 defense lawyers at Guantánamo seek CIA report

 
 
The accused Sept. 11 conspirators unfurled their prayer rugs during scheduled prayer breaks at their May 5, 2012 arraignment at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo. They are, from, Mustafa al Hawsawi, Ammar al Baluchi, Ramzi bin al Shibh, Walid Bin Attash,and Khalid Sheik Mohammad, shown in this sketch reviewed and approved for release by a U.S. military security official at the base.
The accused Sept. 11 conspirators unfurled their prayer rugs during scheduled prayer breaks at their May 5, 2012 arraignment at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo. They are, from, Mustafa al Hawsawi, Ammar al Baluchi, Ramzi bin al Shibh, Walid Bin Attash,and Khalid Sheik Mohammad, shown in this sketch reviewed and approved for release by a U.S. military security official at the base.
Janet Hamlin Illustration / JANET HAMLIN, SKETCH ARTIST

A lawyer for one of the Guantánamo prisoners accused of conspiring in the 9/11 terror attack is trying to get a copy of the secret Senate report on CIA interrogations that has caused a bitter rift between the agency and Congress.

Defense attorney James Connell says the report and related documents contain information about the torture of his client. Connell says that information is critical to the trial of Ammar al-Baluchi and any potential sentencing phase.

Baluchi is one of five Guantánamo prisoners facing trial by military commission for their alleged roles in the attack on Sept. 11, 2001. The five were held by the CIA and subjected to so-called “enhanced” interrogation techniques.

Prosecutors haven’t responded to the motion filed Wednesday by Connell but noted the Senate has not released the report.

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