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9/11 Families Viewing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Arraignment

9:26 AM, May 5, 2012   |    comments
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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (AP) - The man who called himself the "mastermind" of the Sept. 11 attacks and four comrades were back Saturday before a military judge in Guantanamo Bay to face charges that could lead to their execution.

Saturday's hearing is the first time the five have been in court in nearly 3 ½ years.
President Obama put their previous tribunal hold in a failed effort to move the case to civilian court.
Mohammed has mocked the tribunal and said in previous court appearances that he welcomed execution.

Relatives of Sept. 11 attack victims were arriving at an Army base in New York City to watch via closed-circuit TV as the self-proclaimed attacks mastermind and four co-defendants are arraigned in Cuba.

Fort Hamilton in New York City is one of four bases that will broadcast Saturday morning's arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others.
Of the four bases, only Fort Meade in Maryland is open to the public.
Mohammed and the others are expected to be arraigned on charges that include terrorism and murder.
They could get the death penalty if convicted in the attacks that sent hijacked airliners slamming into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
The trial is probably at least a year away.
"I want to bear witness that in fact these people are brought to justice," said Al Santora, whose firefighter son Christopher died at the World Trade Center.

In this March 1, 2003, file picture, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seen shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan
Santora and his wife, Maureen, plan to watch Saturday's arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, one of the military bases where the proceeding will be broadcast live for victims' family members, survivors and emergency personnel who responded to the attacks.
Mohammed and the others are expected to be arraigned on charges that include terrorism and murder.
They could get the death penalty if convicted in the attacks that sent hijacked airliners slamming into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
The trial is probably at least a year away.

Six victims' families chosen by lottery have traveled to Guantanamo to see the arraignment in person.
It is not clear how many others will watch at military bases including Fort Hamilton and Fort Meade in Maryland.

Alan Linton of Frederick, Md., who lost his son Alan Jr., an investment banker, at the World Trade Center, said he and his wife put their names in the lottery for the Cuba trip but they aren't interested in watching a video feed of the arraignment.
"That's just the not the same as being there to me," Linton said. "Going to Fort Meade, it's kind of like watching television."
Whether they plan to watch or not, family members expressed frustration that it's taken so long to bring the Sept. 11 conspirators to justice.
The administration of President Obama dropped earlier military-commission charges against them when it decided in late 2009 to try them in federal court in New York.
But Congress blocked the civilian trials amid opposition to bringing the defendants to U.S. soil, especially to a courthouse located just blocks from the trade center site.

Santora said he hopes the trial can proceed quickly once it starts.
"They have tons and tons of evidence and they've already admitted their guilt," he said. "So I don't know why the trial should be long."
Retired firefighter Jim Riches, whose son was also a firefighter who died at the trade center, said some of victims' parents did not live long enough to see the trial.
"We were promised swift justice by Barack Obama," he said. "And we're still waiting."

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