Pre-trial hearings in the case of the five alleged plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks continued at Guantanamo Bay from Monday to Thursday. More than 11 years after the crimes were committed, the case remains nowhere near going to trial.
Today, lawyers for the five alleged co-conspirators in the September 11th terrorist attacks asked the judge to please let them know: Are we operating under a Constitutional framework here or not? Exactly what Constitutional rights do our clients have?
The definition and use of classified information, and the public's right to hear it, is proving to be one of the most important issues arising in pre-trial hearings in this historic September 11th terrorism prosecution.
As a long row of camouflage-clad U.S. soldiers lined the courtroom wall, lawyers for the five September 11 defendants argued this morning that their clients should also be allowed to wear camouflage or other military-style clothing in the courtroom if they wanted to.
If the defendants' statements about their own treatment at the hands of U.S. agents is classified, will the public ever be allowed to know what the U.S. government did to those suspected of aiding terrorism in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks?