Military names new judge – USMC Colonel Stephen Keane – for Guantánamo Bay 9/11 trial

Colonel Stephen F. Keane, USMC, has been named as the judge who will preside over the Guantánamo Bay trial of five men accused of plotting the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Colonel Keane has served as the head of Security and Emergency Services at Camp Pendleton, CA, and is currently circuit military judge there, reports Carol Rosenberg for the NY Times.

Proceedings have been on hold during the pandemic, largely because of the quarantine system on Guantánamo. One of Col. Keane’s first decisions will likely be whether to airlift court personnel to the island next month and subject them to two weeks of quarantine at Camp Justice in order to begin hearings in November, ending on December 23, 2020.

Colonel Keane is the third judge to preside over the Gitmo hearings. Colonel W. Shane Cohen, USAF, resigned suddenly early this year for family reasons.

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Rumson, NJ dedicates new 9/11 Memorial

A new September 11th Memorial has been dedicated in Rumson, NJ. A piece of steel from the World Trade Center is the centerpiece of the new monument, reports Red Bank Green.

The monument is located at the Rumson Fire Company. The Company, together with a local Boy Scout, built the memorial.

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Six 9/11 victims had birthdays that day. For all, a single white rose.

Florist Michael Collarone is responsible for all the white birthday roses. Six people killed on September 11th died on their birthday – Ivhan Luis Carpio Bautista, 24, Michael J. Berkeley, 38, Amelia V. Fields, 46, FDNY Captain Vincent Giammona, 40, Michael P. LaForte, 39, and AnnMarie Riccobini, 58.

Jada Yuan in the Washington Post wrote an article about the roses.

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