June 20, 2019
The transcripts for the Military Tribunals from the KSM et al Tribunals in GITMO for 6/17 and 6/19 are out. Each one is over 120 pages of legalese.
We are posting the DoD website link here for you to download each set. This is for the days of June 17th and 19th. June 20th as of the posting of this article has not been released yet. ??
Our C-VINE members and Citizen Journalists, Bonnie Nirgude and Linda Houck were each trained by us to handle the coverage and this week was their first assignment. Be aware that each of them attended and covered these for you as volunteers and at their own expense. That being said, we are going to bring to your attention the page for donations on our C-VINE website that is attached to the Foundation. Please donate generously because the expenses have become quite large in this grass roots movement.
U.S. v Khalid Shaikh Mohammed et al (2)
3. AE625 Bill of Attainder
3. AE628B & AE630A: Witnesses for Suppression
Mr. Mohammad – Present
Mr. Binalshibh was absent
Mr. Ali (Al Baluchi) was absent
Mr. Hamzi was absent
Mr. Hawsawi was absent
Mr. Connell, Lead Defense Council for Al Baluchi (Mr. Ali) reiterated to the new judge his standing objection to the anonymous testimony of the linguist.
The Government is asking for approval for more viewing sites and to expand the use of Fort Meade. They want to be able to use the entire Fort Meade base, rather than just one viewing building. Why would the Government bring this up if they were not expecting an influx of accused being tried though the Military Tribunals?
The Defense also supports a more open military tribunals.
The Defense brought up the issue of possibly having the Tribunal broadcast over the internet, so the public has more access.
All 9/11 victims on the planes were in route to West Coast destinations so many victim’s families are on the West Coast. More military viewing sites should be on the West Coast.
Judge agreed Military Tribunals should be more open and asked the Government (Prosecution) to help make it more open to the public. He was not sure if he had the Authority to order the Government to military tribunal more open.
Defense argued Judge Cohen did have the authority to order the US Government to allow broadcast over the internet for more public access to military tribunals.
Discussion of balancing national security with the right of the public to watch military tribunals.
Accused terrorist Binalshibh was part of the alleged Hamburg cell in Germany. Germany conducted their own investigation and evidence was provided by the German Government
German law prohibits the death penalty; and prohibits the extradition of someone who might face the death penalty.
“The German Constitution would prohibit cooperation in securing a death penalty, even to the point of not allowing evidence to be handed over if it could be used for those purposes.”
Defense suggestion is the United States government came to the agreement with the German Government that Mr. Binalshibh would not be prosecuted for a death penalty case but in fact the U.S. Government intended to renege on that agreement and indeed prosecute Mr. Binalshibh for a death penalty case (which is obviously the case).
In one hand Mr. Trivett, on behalf of the U.S. Government (Prosecution), tells the Judge the Government intends to abide by all agreements made with the German Government. On the other hand, The Prosecution argues that any arguments between the two countries are not enforceable by the accused in this case. Judge Cohen did not immediately rule on this motion.
Defense Council Major Joseph Wilkinson for Mr. Hawsawi brought up a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction because the 9/11 attacks were not armed conflict; they were terrorism, and they didn’t belong in a war crimes tribunal; they belonged in a civilian court that could try terrorism cases.
(The issue of personal jurisdiction will become a major issue for each enemy combatants (politicians and media) who have committed treason and tried in military tribunals. – LB)
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