Center for National Security at Fordham Law
A pre-trial hearing in the 9/11 tribunal at Guantanamo was abruptly halted Monday after defense lawyers accused the FBI in open court of trying to turn a security officer on the defense team of Ramzi bin al Shibh into a secret informant. The development seemed to stun the chief prosecutor, Army Brig. Mark Martins, who told the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, that he was unaware of the FBI activity, reports the Miami Herald.
Defense attorney Jim Harrington said two FBI agents arrived at the home of his team’s Defense Security Officer, asked him who gave news outlets unclassified Khalid Sheikh Mohammed writings and had him sign a non-disclosure agreement that appeared to draw him into a continuing informant relationship. The agents also asked “open-ended questions” probing for evidence of wrongdoing by 9/11 defense lawyers, Harrington said. He chose not to name his team member, who was being suspended from the case for talking, but said he worked for the contractor SRA International. Defense Security Officers are assigned to each of the five legal teams in the 9/11 case, and are meant to help guide team members on what information should be blacked out in court filings. They are privy to internal defense discussions and strategy.
By Robert Medley The Oklahoman
From left, Steve Capps, Willi Butler, David Dunn, and Brian Wells are outside the Oklahoma City National Memorial on Wednesday. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
The day of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing was a day retired Oklahoma City firefighter Willi Butler won’t forget.
Butler lives with memories of the horror each day. But for those in his motorcycle club looking back on it all 19 years later, a fundraiser for the Oklahoma National Memorial & Museum is maintaining its ground.
More than 600 motorcycle riders are expected to rev up for the seventh annual Oklahoma City Wind & Fire Memorial motorcycle run.“It’s all about the Murrah building. The guys who ride in our club are firefighters who were on-duty then,” said Butler, a Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club member and spokesman.
A group of Boston Marathon runners met up with city firefighters Friday at the September 11th Museum in a show of solidarity between victims of terrorist attacks.
The gathering was held in the honor of two Boston firefighters who died in the line of duty last month.
The runners who participated said they hoped the event would help Boston runners feel like part of a larger support group.