Gitmo Defendants Given My Lai Massacre Film

Trials of 9/11 accused delayed for another 60 days
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 4:00 AM CDT
Gitmo Defendants Given My Lai Massacre Film
Lt. William L. Calley, Jr., is seen at Fort Benning, Ga., in 1971 during his court-martial for the My Lai Massacre.   (AP Photo/Joe Holloway, Jr.)

(Newser) – Guantanamo Bay prisoners accused of planning the 9/11 attacks asked for and were given copies of a film about the My Lai massacre, Reuters reports. The Guantanamo war crimes court was told during a hearing yesterday that Judgment: The Court Martial of Lt. William Calley, a 1975 courtroom drama about the Vietnam War killing of civilians by US soldiers, was supplied to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and two other defendants, along with other films including National Geographic specials on Mecca and the Vatican.

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The defendants asked for the My Lai film to help them prepare their defense, a prosecutor said. A military judge delayed the prisoners' trials for another 60 days at yesterday's hearing to give the administration more time to decide where to try them, infuriating victims' families who had travelled to Guantanamo. "We are just damned disgusted with the whole business," said one man whose son died when a hijacked plane hit the Pentagon. "We need some justice. We need it now." (Read more Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stories.)

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