Defense Materials in Pentagon Terrorism Death Penalty Cases Mysteriously Deleted
April 12, 2013 3:09 PM
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Defense lawyers in Guantanamo war tribunals are upset over third party monitoring, document disappearance
They're the men allegedly behind some of the worst terrorist attacks on the U.S. As work at the
Guantanamo Bay prison facility
winds down, the Pentagon prepares to hold special war tribunals -- military trials -- for prisoners deemed too dangerous
I. Defense Discovers Documents Delete, Smoke Alarms Were Really Mics
Those prisoners include five men responsible for helping plan the September 11 terrorist attacks. They also include Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, who masterminded an attack on the
during its deployment to Yemen, an attack that killed 17 U.S. sailors.
But the pretrial hearings, which were supposed to start this week in some cases may be delayed due to allegations of foul play,
What appeared to be smoke alarms in client meeting rooms were really disguised microphones.
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Defense lawyers for several of the suspects, who face the death penalty say they have evidence that their emails and internet searches were monitored by third parties. And they say documents involved with the case began to disappear from their assigned Pentagon computers in February.
Navy Commander Walter Ruiz represents Mustafa al Hawsawi, who is alleged with funneling funding for the 9/11 attacks. Ruiz states, "three to four weeks' worth of work is gone, vanished."
Aside from deletions, there was also evidence that prosecutors ordered system administrators to grant them access to 500,000 files on defense lawyers machines, files which included confidential attorney-client communications. The Guantanamo detention camp's legal advisor also revealed that device that appeared to be smoke alarms in rooms where defense attorneys met with their clients were really microphones; but don't worry -- he claimed no conversations between the lawyers and their clients were recorded.
II. Human Rights Watchers: Trial "is a Sham"
International human rights watchdog group
Human Rights First
blasted the latest developments as "absolutely outrageous". Its expert on the current proceedings -- Daphne Eviatar comments, "This is just further evidence that the military commission system is a sham and that all terrorism trials should be held in real U.S. federal courts on U.S. soil, where the rules are clear, defendants' rights are respected and the verdicts will have credibility."
Human rights watchers have complained that the Guantanamo Bay proceedings are a sham.
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The issues have been so severe that Colonel Karen Mayberry has advised the defense lawyers to stop storing case documents on Pentagon machines. James Connell, a defense attorney for Ali Abdul Aziz Ali (aka Ammar al-Baluchi) -- the other alleged 9/11 plot funding funneler -- comments "I'll be filing a handwritten motion very shortly to ask for an abatement of the proceedings."
Given the extraordinary and unusual circumstances Army Colonel James Pohl -- the presiding judge in the trials -- has already delayed the pre-trial hearings of al Nashiri till June and is considering pushing the death penalty trial for the 9/11 conspirators as well.
Until February the preliminary hearings were being broadcast to the public and media via a closed circuit. But the judge in February ordered those feeds cut, around the same time the alleged harassment of defense lawyers began.
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RE: Trials? Juries?
4/15/2013 8:03:03 AM
Those prisoners/terrorists didn't make the Patriot Acts. The Patriot Act was made to protect you from those terorrists. What's so bad about answering a few questions when the flip side is the chance of you you showing up to work to have the whole building explode? Is is a privacy intrusion? yes, but it shouldn't affect your life at all besides being a little annoying.
If you ordered basic kits, then you will not get flagged. I'm pretty sure you were buying something more than that. They only flag certain materials that are commonly bought for making explosive and are found in recent terrorist activities. The FBI does not have the resources or people to show up at everyone's house when they buy a basic science kit. Be real people.
If you were a real scientist, then you can purchase it from work and I promise you no one will show up to question you.
RE: Trials? Juries?
4/15/2013 4:35:19 PM
Since your not a member of Homeland Security,FBI, or ANY law enforcement agency your promises are totally worthless
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