9/11 Suspects Denied Internet Access for Defense Prep

Granted battery power but no 'state-of-art' office technology
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 13, 2008 10:58 AM CDT
The sun sets over Camp Justice and its adjacent tent city, the legal complex of the US Military Commissions, at Guantanamo Bay.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool)
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(Newser) – A judge has denied Internet access to five suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay for their involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks, reports the Miami Herald. Three of the five are their own attorneys and requested access to help prepare their defense. The government was ordered to provide enough battery power to allow the suspects to operate their prison laptops 12 hours a day.

The judge denied additional requests for PowerPoint software, printers and scanners. ''Reasonable access does not equate to a right or an entitlement to be placed on the same footing as a technologically state-of-the-art law office,'' the judge wrote. Suspects using legal counsel will be allowed access to attorneys' downloaded files of Internet reports and information, provided it passes government censors.