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Legitimacy of Military Commissions Questioned as 9/11 Terrorists Are Arraigned

June 05, 2008 01:07 PM
by Rachel Balik
Five suspects considered instrumental in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks face arraignment in Guantanamo Bay Court.

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Five alleged terrorists linked to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks will be arraigned at a court in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after being imprisoned without trial for several years. The defendants will be charged with 2,973 counts of murder, as well as conspiracy in plotting the attacks. By finally going forward with a trial, the Government hopes to convey a sense of fair play and show the public that justice has been executed. “It's about a sense of closure, it is about a sense that there is no immunity for the wrongdoers,” David Rivkin, former member of the Justice department said. 

However, lawyers for the defense will argue that interrogators used torture to produce confessions from the suspects. One method employed was “waterboarding,” in which prisoners experience simulated drowning. "To say that this is a transparent, full and fair process is laughable, because if you look at any honest academic assessment, it's not," deputy chief defense counsel Michael Berrigan said.

The U.S has been criticized for its methods at Guantanamo Bay before, but has not changed its behavior. 

Headline Link: ‘Five Detainees Charged in Sept. 11 Attacks to Be Arraigned’

Background: The charges and controversial coercion techniques

Related topic: Alleged torture at Guantanamo


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