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Sept. 11 Trial Set To Have More Chaos Than Justice

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In this courtroom drawing reviewed and approved for release by a US military security official, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sits in court on May 5, 2012, at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  (JANET HAMLIN/AFP/Getty Images)
In this courtroom drawing reviewed and approved for release by a US military security official, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sits in court on May 5, 2012, at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (JANET HAMLIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The arraignment [of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] had all the hallmarks of a disaster in the making. The defendants refused to cooperate or even acknowledge the authority of the court. The prosecution and, for a time, the judge appeared willing to suppress the defense’s efforts to bring up the waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques used against some of the defendants. Above all this loomed the greatest challenge to the legitimacy of the tribunal: No one, inside the room or outside, thinks there is any chance that Mohammed will not end up executed.

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