ACLU Seeks Broad Public Access to Secret Testimony in 9/11 Trial at Guantanamo
by Carol Rosenberg
WASHINGTON -- The public should be allowed to hear the five alleged 9/11
conspirators describe what the CIA did to them in secret overseas prisons,
the American Civil Liberties Union said in a motion filed at the Guantanamo
war court late Wednesday. . . .
At issue is the court system that employs a 40-second delay of the
proceedings, time enough to let an intelligence official hit a white-noise
button if any of the men describe what CIA agents did to them after their
capture in Pakistan in 2002 and 2003 and before their arrival at Guantanamo
in September 2006.
The ACLU called the practice censorship, and said it was premised on "a
chillingly Orwellian claim" that the accused "must be gagged lest he reveal
his knowledge of what the government did to him. . . .
Glenn L. Carle, "The
Interrogator: An Education," Nation Books (June 28, 2011) -- Glenn
l. Carle was a member of the CIA's Clandestine Service for twenty-three
years and retired in March 2007 as deputy national intelligence officer for
[2000+ military, intelligence, industry professionals do
not believe the official account of 9/11.--"Muslims Didn't Do It," The
Wisdom Fund, September 11, 2011]
[Carle also played a role in revealing that supposed "al-Qaeda mastermind"
Abu Zubeida turned out to be a mentally retarded individual who could
barely mastermind the tying of his own shoes.
The retarded Abu Zubeida, under torture, apparently fingered Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed (KSM) as a fellow (retarded?) "terrorist mastermind." Mohammed was
then kidnapped and tortured relentlessly - presumably until he "broke" and
began parroting the torturers' claim that he had something to do with
9/11.--"CIA whistleblower Glenn Carle on TJ Radio,"
truthjihadradio.blogspot.com, May 2, 2012]
[Self-proclaimed 9/11 "mastermind" Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four
others - Waleed bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali and
Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi - are expected to be tried together. . . .
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has alleged that he was repeatedly tortured during
his detention in Cuba.
[The American Civil Liberties Union argues that it is "Orwellian,"
preposterous for the U.S. government to subject the men to the detention
regime and then say they can't talk publicly in court about what happened to
them.--Carol Rosenberg, "9/11 hearings to focus on secrecy, transparency,"
mcclatchydc.com, October 15, 2012]
[The truth, essentially, is that it is impossible for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
and the other four men - or any of America's other torture victims - to
receive a fair trial, because the use of torture automatically precludes
that possibility.--Andy Worthington, "The 9/11 Trial: Torturing
Justice," mcclatchydc.com, October 22, 2012]
[The battered credibility of the Guantanamo trials has been further dented
by revelations of hidden microphones, intelligence service interference with
court proceedings and protests from lawyers who say the US military is
preventing a proper defence of the alleged organisers of the 9/11
attacks.--Chris McGreal, "Guantanamo trials plunged into deeper discord as
confidence in court wanes," guardian.co.uk, February 17, 2013]
[Considering the incredible growth in contracts that SAIC realized from the events of
9/11, any independent investigation into those events should carefully consider the role
played by that company and its leadership. Andrews and his company were integral to the
counterterrorism programs of the United States in the years prior to 9/11. The company's
role included creating the national databases that tracked and identified terrorists,
supplying airport screening equipment, predicting and investigating terrorist attacks
against the WTC, helping to create the official account for what happened at the WTC
after 9/11, and providing the information to capture KSM.--Kevin Ryan, "Profiting from 9/11: The Private
Company that Played a Major Role in the 'War on Terror'," globalresearch.ca,
June 4, 2014]
[Last week, Maj. Jason Wright - one of the lawyers defending Mohammed - resigned from
the Army. He has accused the U.S. government of "abhorrent leadership" on human rights
and due process guarantees and says it is crafting a "show trial.""Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case
Is 'Stacked'," npr.org, August 31, 2014]
[Less than two hours after the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self-professed
mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, in March 2003, an CIA interrogation chief sent an email
to CIA headquarters requesting permission to "press [Sheikh Mohammed] for threat info
right away." The subject line: "Let's roll with the new guy."--Erin Dooley, "CIA Torture Report: The Most Stunning Findings," abcnews.go.com,
December 9, 2014]
[After a recent court ruling, almost no one who remains at Guantanamo can be
constitutionally prosecuted by military tribunals.--The Editorial Board, "A Rebuke to Military
Tribunals," nytimes.com, June 18, 2015]