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9/11 defense attorneys call Guantnamo detention, trial rules unjust
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Miami Herald

Miami Herald, May 6, 2012
Posted: May 15th, 2012

The five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11 attacks used their weekend war court appearances to stage peaceful resistance to an unjust system being used for political reasons, defense lawyers said Sunday a day after the 9/11-accused turned the judges plans to hold a simple arraignment into a 13-hour marathon of prayer and protest. The system is a rigged game to prevent us from doing our jobs, argued criminal defense attorney David Nevin, accusing the prison camp commander of making it impossible to learn from alleged mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed how the CIA waterboarded him 183 times and used other since-outlawed techniques to break him. The government wants to kill Mr. Mohammed, Nevin said, to extinguish the last eyewitness to his torture. Each of the accused steadfastly refused to answer basic questions posed to them by Army Col. James L. Pohl, the war courts chief judge, on whether they accepted their Pentagon-appointed attorneys. Instead, they periodically disrupted the proceedings with demonstrations of Muslim prayer and protests of prison conditions. These men have endured years of inhumane treatment and torture that will infect every aspect of this military commission tribunal, attorney James Connell III warned.

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