By Dean Meminger NY1
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith praised the September 11th attacks and warned that the storm of airplanes would continue. Federal prosecutors say that he was al-Qaida’s spokesman and that Osama bin Laden turned to him to help recruit people to attack the United States.
During opening arguments Wednesday, prosecutors said that’s exactly what he did in a video recording the day after September 11, 2001, saying, “He encouraged Muslims across the world to pick up arms and fight with al-Qaida.”
Abu Ghaith is bin Laden’s son-in-law. The Department of Justice has charged him with conspiring to kill Americans and providing support to terrorists, but he is not charged with participating in the September 11th attacks, and his defense team says that’s a key point.
By David W. Dunlap New York Times
Platform A at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. In front is “Iridescent Lighting,” from Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy.Credit Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times
How can a $3.94 billion building be made to look cheap?
Clunky fixtures and some rough workmanship in the underground mezzanine of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a small part of which opened last week, detract from what is meant to be breathtaking grandeur.
Ten years ago, the architect Santiago Calatrava and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey seduced a large audience, this reporter included, with a vision of a dazzling new PATH train station rising at the trade center site. Where ground zero was dark, misshapen, jagged and sorrowful, the transit hub was to be brilliant, smooth, pristine and promising.
That vision may yet materialize. Some flaws that are now visible can and probably will be fixed. And when the station fully opens in 2015, the whole of it may be so spectacular that little shortcomings are easy to overlook.
By Carol Rosenberg The Miami Herald
A military judge has pushed to Dec. 4 the trial date of a Saudi man accused of orchestrating al-Qaida’s USS Cole bombing in 2000 that killed 17 U.S. sailors, according to military sources.
If that timetable holds, it will be the first death-penalty prosecution at Guantánamo. It will also be the first at the war court that President George W. Bush created after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and President Barack Obama reformed.
Army Col. James L. Pohl, the trial judge, set Oct. 6 for the start of jury selection, according to the sources, who’ve seen a sealed order dated Feb. 26 on the Pentagon’s military commissions website.