9/11 Hearings Begin Today Amid Rats, Mold
Judge won't allow further delays to Guantanamo trial
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 15, 2012 6:42 AM CDT
Updated Oct 15, 2012 7:32 AM CDT
FILE- In this March 1, 2003, file photo, obtained by the Associated Press, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, is seen shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. A U.S....   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – The Guantanamo trial of five 9/11 suspects has already been postponed thanks to a tropical storm, religious observances, an Internet outage, and more—but an invasion of rats and mold isn't going to push it back any further. Pretrial hearings are set to begin today for alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed after a judge nixed postponement request over the infestation in defense lawyers' offices. They'll be the first hearings since the May arraignment of KSM and four other prisoners.

Mold, rat droppings, and the appearance of a dead rat forced lawyers' offices to close late last month. The Guantanamo base hospital has ruled the area safe, but lawyers disagree. "My eyes burn. I lose breath," says one. "All of us suffer some sort of symptoms." Though the judge rejected the postponement request, he did call for a cleanup, Reuters notes. Says a prosecutor: "Justice is not determined by the plushness of the surroundings." In this week's hearings, defense lawyers will call for an end to secrecy over defendants' earlier treatment in CIA prisons, and media groups will seek greater access to the trial.

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Oct 18, 2012 9:34 AM CDT
Liberty and Justice for all. Except we don't really TRUST our justice system, so we'll go offshore and have us some kangaroo courts. And if those don't work we'll just send in a drone and bomb the suspect.
Oct 16, 2012 10:51 PM CDT
Heres an idea lets fumigate Guitmo and kill off all the vermon there if we did that we would only be left with the Soldiers on duty and no one could complain about detainees anymore. That sounds pretty humane compared to being blown up at work or driving down the street and getting blown up lets not forget getting be headed or being headshot because you are female and want an education. One thing though make sure all the defense attorneys are there as we want to take care of all vermon.
Oct 15, 2012 7:28 PM CDT
This guy is one of those type that always look like he needs to be hosed down with Lysol! So nasty looking you just have to figure he must be guilty of something!