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As you may have heard, the Al Qaeda-related trials that Congress wouldn’t allow to go through the normal judicial system have started up in Guantanamo. Doug Elliot, an Irvine resident with an attorney past and Occupier tendencies, has started up a new blog and is giving us a review on how it’s going. Summary: it’s not going well. Here’s a taste and a link to his full piece, with internal links excluded here: — Greg <>
As related by Terry McDermott in The Daily Beast:
What had been planned as the straightforward arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four codefendants on charges of conspiring to commit the Sept. 11 attacks disintegrated into dark comedy.
Judge James Pohl scolded attorneys for refusing to follow his carefully articulated script for the proceeding; lawyers argued they were not qualified to defend their clients; translators interrupted lawyers to insist they be quiet; defendants refused to answer any questions from the judge or even acknowledge they’d been asked; one interrupted the proceedings first to pray and again to shout out his fears of being attacked by members of the prosecution team; another who started the day shackled to his chair ended it by stripping to the waist to display scars he claims were inflicted by his Guantánamo guards.