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Media Barred From Guantanamo Bay Terror Suspect's Pre-Trial Hearing

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ABD AL RAHIM ALNASHIRI
Widow Olivia Rux (R) is hugged by former Gunnery Sergeant Jesse Nieto (C), who stands with his wife Connie (L), after speaking to the press January 18, 2012, at a press conference for family and victims of the USS Cole bombing following the commission hearing against Saudi-born Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the main suspect in the attack. Olivia Rux's husband Kevin and the Nieto's son Marc were both killed in the USS Cole bombing. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATS | JIM WATSON via Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some media were effectively kept out of a pre-trial hearing in a Guantanamo Bay terror suspect's case after a military judge scheduled a rare Sunday session but provided no access for reporters who watch the proceedings in the states.

The judge in the case, Army Col. James Pohl, held a full day's hearing Sunday in the case of Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of orchestrating the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors.

The sessions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are broadcast in a secure facility at Fort Meade, Md., so journalists who don't travel to Cuba can cover them via video conference. But the facility was closed to reporters Sunday because the Pentagon didn't provide the staff needed to escort and monitor reporters there.

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