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Defense Secretary's Criticism of Military Judge Order Could Derail 9/11 Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

When Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, called a military judge's order "outrageous" earlier this week, they probably didn't intend to throw a wrench into the pending 9/11 military commission case.

Judge in 9/11 Case Denies Accused's Request to Fire His Lawyer

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

An Army judge at Guantanamo Bay on Thursday refused to allow one of the five defendants charged with orchestrating the 9/11 attacks to dismiss his lead lawyer, ruling the accused hadn't shown the necessary "good cause" to do so.

Confusing Commission Rules Continue to Hamper 9/11 Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The hearing ensued in confusion, as the attorneys and judge argued over what the law is, who's required to explain it to the defendant and how bin Attash can inform the judge why he wants a new lawyer. Underlying the entire discussion was a sense that no one in the room knows all the relevant facts.

Friday Talking Points -- Eric Holder's Record

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news that Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down sent a shockwave through Washington. On the whole, was his term worth praising or condemning? We have to say that "both" is the only real answer to that question.

The FBI's Secret Investigation of the 9/11 Defense Teams: The Mystery Continues, and Could Compromise the Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

As James Harrington, lawyer for Ramzi bin al Shibh, told the court on Monday: "We now have to represent to our client that we had a spy within our team for a number of months. We don't know what activities that spy did." Will Harrington's client ever trust his defense team again? Should he? And if he can't, can he ever truly receive a fair defense?

Ryan J. Reilly

Army Drives 9/11 Mastermind's Lawyer To Sacrifice His Military Career | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A military lawyer representing the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is resigning from the U.S. Army, which was trying to for...

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Infiltration Of Gitmo Defense Team Tosses 9/11 Trial Into Disarray | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. -- An FBI investigation into the legal team representing Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed further delayed the military trial...

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI's Probe Of Guantanamo Defense Team Stalls 9/11 Trial | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. -- The FBI's alleged attempt to investigate members of the legal defense teams continued to derail the trial of five accused Sept. 11 ...

Lawyer Weighs In On 'Chilling Experience' Of Alleged FBI Questioning

Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A lawyer for one of five defendants in the Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal said Monday that FBI agents questione...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Terror Conviction Shows NYC Could Have Handled 9/11 Trial | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conviction of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law on terrorism charges in federal court Wednesday has Attorney General Eric Holder feeling ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Gitmo Prosecutors Want Probe Into KSM 'Propaganda' Leak To HuffPost | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Government prosecutors have asked a military judge to investigate how The Huffington Post obtained 36-page manifesto written by alleged ...

9/11 Mastermind: Al-Qaeda Spokesman Had No Military Role

AP | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a New York judge should disallow testimony from the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks at the trial o...

Myriam Francois-Cerrah

Mastermind Of The Sept. 11 Attacks Wants To Convert His Captors | Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks now says that the use of violence to spread Islam is forbidden by the Quran, a m...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: 9/11 Defendants 'Would Be On Death Row' If Case Proceeded In Federal Court Instead Of Gitmo | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defendants currently awaiting a military trial in Guantanamo Bay in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks "would be on death row as we sp...

Gitmo Stays Open As Terrorists Stand Trial

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years after his failed effort to bring the 9/11 mastermind to New York for trial, President Barack Obama has re...

Government Shuts Down But Dysfunctional Military Commissions Continue

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.02.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

A little government shut-down wasn't going to deter Army Colonel James Pohl. While most federal employees were furloughed, the judge presiding over the 9/11 case at the Guantanamo Bay military commissions on Tuesday insisted the pre-trial hearings continue apace.

Testimony Reveals Shocking Level of Pentagon Computer Errors Affecting 9/11 Legal Defense

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Air Force Col. Karen Mayberry, testifying in full uniform, at times looked almost embarrassed responding to questions from defense lawyers that verified the problems they'd been complaining to the military commissions about for months.

12 Years Later, 9/11 Accused's Protests Not So Surprising

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The ability of the defendants to meet with their defense counsel is extremely limited. It's not so surprising that, when warned that "failure to meet with and cooperate with your defense counsel may negatively affect the presentation of your case," the accused men might object.

Lawyers Say Gitmo Computer Problems Make Defending 9/11 Accused Impossible

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Files have been lost, computer searches monitored and e-mails "disappeared into the ether" at Guantanamo Bay since January, say lawyers for the five co-defendants in the 9/11 case.

Government Wants to Ban Material From 9/11 Defendants Central to Their Defense

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.22.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Twelve years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 military commission case against the five alleged masterminds of the attack is only in the pre-trial phase; the case may not get to trial until 2015.

Defense Lawyers in 9/11 Case Face Huge Hurdles

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Defense lawyers representing the five co-defendants in what may be the most important trial in U.S. history are subjected to unprecedented restrictions on the ability to communicate with their clients that would be unheard-of in a regular federal court.

Military Commission Still Stuck on Secrecy

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It's amazing that 12 years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the military commission at Guantanamo is still trying to figure out what is or isn't classified, how to handle it and the procedures for prosecutors to provide documents relevant to the case to defense lawyers.

9/11 Defense Lawyers Claim Judge's Order Conflicts With Convention Against Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Lawyers for defendants in the 9/11 case claim they cannot accept a military judge's order preventing their clients from speaking about their treatment in U.S. custody because it would violate their clients' rights under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Ryan J. Reilly

Military Finally Declassifies Motion On Gitmo Detainees' Thoughts | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military has finally declassified a year-old legal motion by lawyers for Guantanamo detainees that sought to declassify their c...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's Guantanamo Is Never Going To Close, So Everyone Might As Well Get Comfortable | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- In late January, shortly after President Barack Obama began his second term, Navy Cmdr. Walter Ruiz stood inside an...