Can the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and his accused co-conspirators get a fair tribunal at Guantánamo if their attorneys can’t unilaterally reach out to speak to their CIA torturers? Defense lawyers say no.
A military judge has recused himself from ruling on a request to release audio recordings from the Guantánamo war court to a federal court deciding whether to clear a Marine general in contempt of the war court, the Miami Herald has learned.
President Donald Trump’s declaration that he intends to keep all current prisoners in Guantánamo Bay indefinitely is being used as justification by legal advocates that the courts must intervene on behalf of the 41 remaining detainees at the military prison.
Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 case postponed until March whether and how to do a legal challenge to a sudden secret prison practice of having guards use their hands, rather than scanners, to search the accused terrorists’ legs.
Several attorney-client preparation issues were the focus of this week’s pretrial hearing in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case against five men who were arraigned in 2012 as alleged plotters of the 2001 terror attacks.
Friends and former colleagues said Kelly was rarely guarded about his own political convictions. He viewed the Southcom job as a last stop before retirement and appeared to care little that his opinions might jeopardize future promotions.
The war court prosecutor proposed a three-man terror trial over the plotting of a wave of attacks in southeast Asia, including the Bali bombing, then forwarded them for approval to a Pentagon official — who returned them.
Guantánamo detainee case files are still being reviewed on a periodic basis but the government “is still considering whether or not to transfer detainees,” says Air Force Maj. Ben Sakrisson, a Pentagon spokesman.