Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GTMO 9/11 hearings postponed yet again, after translator revealed to have worked at black site

In the latest setback for the Military Commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, a military judge halted the hearings after defendant, Ramzi Binalshibh, claimed that he recognized a court translator from his time at a CIA black site. Binalshibh and at least three of the other defendants' claims were confirmed when a Pentagon official acknowledged that the interpreter in question had worked with the CIA in the past. "I cannot trust him because he was working at the black site with the CIA," Binalshibh is reported to have said. The defendants were adamant that the interrogator had been hired to infiltrate the defense teams. Cheryl Bormann, a lawyer for one of the defendants, Walid bin Attash, lent credence to this view by pointing to a litany of government attempts to undermine and monitor the defense's case, including planting listening devices in their client meeting rooms.

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