Guantanamo Show Trial Begins
Convictions and death penalty already decided.
by Stephen Lendman
At issue is prosecuting five 9/11 suspects: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM: the alleged mastermind), Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa al Hawsawi.
Defense lawyer James Connell announced a tentative May 2013 trial date. A scheduled one hasn't been named. Army Brig. General Mark Martins expects months of defense motions delaying it.
"I am getting ready for hundreds of motions because we want them to shoot everything they can shoot at us," he said.
On May 5, their Guantanamo arraignment was held. It took 13 hours. They remained mute. They refused to respond to alleged charges for good reason. Serious questions remain regarding their guilt, including KSM. More on why below.
On April 4, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder said:
"In November 2009, I announced that (KSM) and four other individuals would stand trial in federal court for their roles in the" 9/11 attacks."