9/11 Terror Suspects Uncooperative at Gitmo Arraignment; Victims' Familys Appear in Court and Military Bases to Witness Hearing
The self-proclaimed mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants are being arraigned at Guantanamo Bay today. They have been charged with nearly 3,000 counts of murder. Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported from the base in Cuba today describing the scene in court.
She said, “It was clear right out of the gate that the 9/11 suspects came in with a strategy to frustrate and delay the process … by refusing to answer questions, by refusing to wear the earphones through which they can hear the Arabic translation.”
Other antics occurred when suspect Ramzi bin al-Shibh stood up in court and said, “Maybe they are going to kill us and say we are committing suicide.”
There were also disputes between the military defense attorneys and the judge. Cmdr. Walter Ruiz who represents Mustafa al-Hawsawi, an alleged bank roller for the operation, said that he had gone a year without having a dedicated translator and he doesn’t speak any Arabic to be able to communicate with al-Hawaswi.
Another accusation is that the U.S. government is trying to keep some of this information classified because it’s embarrassing. That claim is disputed by the chief prosecutor Gen. Mark Martins who said, “There really are sources and methods about future attacks and future dangers. Again I understand the skepticism. It is not a justification to not disclose information because it is embarrassing or because it violates a law.”
The case is entering its seventh hour of the hearing and the suspects have not yet entered a plea to the charges. Meanwhile, victims’ families of the 9/11 attacks are viewing the arraignment at Gitmo and military bases across the East Coast.
Retired NYC firefighter Jim Riches said, “My son’s never coming back and I miss him terribly. It’s not going to bring him back but you know what, this will give me a little satisfaction knowing that the mastermind of 9/11 terrorist attacks has been brought to justice.”