9/11 Guantanamo Hearings Proceed Slowly

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A military tribunal in Guantanamo continued its pre-trial hearings in the case of the alleged 9/11 attacks mastermind and four alleged co-conspirators. Frontline reporter Arun Rath is in Guantanamo following the hearings. In my conversation with Anchor Marco Werman, I tell him that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other defendants did not appear in court Friday, but during the week, their presence has been noticeably subdued compared to five months ago when they were formally charged. Then, the defendants made defiant outbursts and broke into prayer during the proceedings. Mohammed this time, was allowed by the judge to make a speech in which he criticized the US government for committing offenses in the name of protecting national security. Also, the hearing is getting a lot less attention both by the media and the Presidential candidates this time around. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is accused of organizing the September 11th terrorist attacks, while the four others are charged with providing support for the hijackings. The men could face the death penalty if convicted.