Accused 9/11 mastermind seeks access to secret testimony

One of the defense lawyers for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has asked the judge in the Guantánamo pre-trial hearings, U.S. Air Force Colonel Matthew N. McCall, to allow Mohammed to hear secret testimony from his former interrogators who waterboarded him.

At stake is the question of whether Mohammed was coerced into admissions that may be used as evidence in the trial. The admissions in question came years after the waterboarding. The defense argues that the defendants are afraid of future torture.

One of the prosecutors, Maj. Jackson T. Hall, USAF, told the court that previous judges have all barred defendants from attending classified pretrial hearings, requesting that McCall does the same, reports Carol Rosenberg for the New York Times.

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