First Published: 2013-01-31

 

Judge to US government: stop censoring 9/11 hearings

 

Military Judge James Pohl says government must disconnect outside feed or ability to suspend broadcast from outside his court.

 

Middle East Online

Censoring can go on, but not from outside courtroom

US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY (Cuba) - A military judge ordered the US government Thursday to stop censoring September 11 pre-trial hearings from outside his courtroom.

Judge James Pohl said the government must "disconnect the outside feed or ability to suspend the broadcast" from outside his court.

Proceedings are heard in the press room, and in a room where human rights groups and victims’ families sit, with a 40 second delay. This is done so that a security officer sitting next to the judge can block anything deemed classified.

The ruling Thursday means censoring can go on, but it cannot be activated from outside the courtroom.

Thursday was the last day of the latest session of pre-trial hearings. The five defendants, including self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, were not present.

On Monday part of the proceedings were censored when the discussion touched on secret CIA prisons where the suspects were held and abused.

The judge said he was surprised and angry that the censoring mechanism was activated from outside the court, without his knowledge.

This must stop, Pohl said, adding that "the judge and only the judge" can decide what happens in his courtroom.

The 9/11 trial at this US base on the southeastern tip of Cuba is not expected to start for at least a year.

The five men accused of plotting the suicide airliner attacks against the Twin Towers and the Pentagon face the death penalty if convicted. The attacks left nearly 3,000 people dead.

 

Yemen warring parties meet after long pause

Tunisia's Ennahda reelects Ghannouchi as party chief

Egypt enlists submersible to search for EgyptAir crash clues

Iraq launches military operation to retake Fallujah

Abu Dhabi oil giant cuts thousands of jobs

Erdogan advisor says Turkey could suspend EU deals

Oil prices dip as Iran says no to output freeze

Skepticism ahead of Istanbul humanitarian summit

Sudan steps up pressure for exit of Darfur peacekeepers

UN Palestinian agency says half its schools hit by conflict

Bombs kill more than 120 in Syria regime strongholds

Netanyahu rejects French peace initiative

Gunmen kill 8 worshipers in Darfur

India in deal to turn Iran port into trade hub

Turkey's incoming PM working on new cabinet

Israel lifts ban on Gaza cement deliveries

At least 20 dead in Yemen suicide bombing

Syria rebels give truce brokers 48 hours to end regime offensive

Deadly bombings rock northeast Syria as US commander visits

Ex- government minister dies in Libya ISIS clashes

Green Zone breach may set stage for more violence in Iraq

‘Last chance’ to save Yemen peace talks

Egypt deploys submarine in search for clues in plane crash

Erdogan loyalist set to be Turkey PM

Attempt to disperse protesters turns deadly in Iraq

EgyptAir crash fuels theories

Tunisia Islamist party moves to shed ‘political Islam’ label

US swiftly rejects Russia proposal for Syria joint airstrikes

Coalition leaflets advise residents to flee Raqa

Turkey parliament adopts contentious immunity bill

Turkish parliament adopts first clause of controversial immunity bill

Israel's defense minister resigns

EgyptAir plane wreckage found at sea

US adds three IS branches to terror list

One of Tunisia's 'most dangerous' terrorists killed

Turkish military helicopter may have been shot down

Tunisia's Ennahda to separate politics from Islamic activity

Israel set to form extreme right-wing government

Israel closing in on offshore gas deal

Sudan's Bashir applies for U.S. visa

Tunisia says war against terrorists has cost $4 billion

Iraq recaptures Rutba from ISIS

EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashes over Mediterranean

Turkey names new PM

Possible causes of EgyptAir crash