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Clandestine FBI Inquiry Rattles 9/11 Tribunals
Posted on Apr 19, 2014
A visit by FBI agents to a member of the team defending one of the men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks is a reminder that, “no matter how much the proceedings” at Guantanamo Bay “resemble a familiar American trial, the invisible hand of the United States government is at work there in ways unlike anything seen in typical courtrooms.”
Lawyers say the agents asked questions about the legal teams for Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others who will eventually stand trial before a military tribunal at Guantanamo. Before the agents left the meeting, they had the member, a contractor, sign an agreement promising not to tell anyone about the conversation. The contractor apparently disobeyed that agreement and disclosed the encounter to the legal team.
The New York Times reports:
Eugene R. Fidell, a professor of military justice at Yale Law School, said of the environment in which the trial is occurring, “It’s a courtroom with three benches. … There’s one person pretending to be the judge, and two other agencies behind the scenes exerting at least as much influence.”
The Times gave an example of the government’s secret, behind the scenes attempts to influence the trial:
As was said above, the trial could be delayed again. The agency’s inquiry was the focus of the pretrial hearings at Guantanamo this week.
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