Military judge refuses to delay 9/11 cases at Guantanamo Bay

Associated Press

Legal proceedings against five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the September 11, 2001, attack should go forward, a military judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting a bid to put the case on hold until the Pentagon resolves concerns about computer network security.

Army Col. James Pohl said the steps announced by Pentagon officials to address concerns raised by the defense are adequate to keep pretrial hearings moving for the five prisoners charged with orchestrating the terrorist attack.

The defendants are facing trial by military commission at the U.S. base in Cuba on charges that include nearly 3,000 counts of murder, terrorism and hijacking for their alleged roles planning and aiding the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. They could face the death penalty if convicted.

Pohl heard three days of testimony in August at Guantanamo Bay about security fears that prompted defense lawyers to stop using government e-mail and servers for confidential legal work. Lawyers said data disappeared, and e-mails went astray or were improperly sent to the prosecution.

The next round of pretrial hearings is scheduled for the week of Oct. 21. A trial date has not been set.

This entry was posted in 9/11 Community. Bookmark the permalink.
  • Sign up for our Email Newsletter

    Sign Up
  • One World Observatory

    Learn more about the One World Observatory complimentary ticket program.

  • Categories

  • From the Newsletter

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Summer reopening of NYPD Museum

      July 10 @ 10:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm
    2. Auction of Detroit building designed by World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki

      July 20 @ 9:00 am - July 27 @ 2:00 pm
    3. Carl V. Bini Fund’s Back to the Beach

      July 22 - July 23
    4. Kevin Williams Memorial Golf Outing

      July 24
    5. Robin Kaplan Memorial Golf Tournament

      August 2 - August 3