The 9/11 Cover-Up Continues
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba --A judge expressed frustration on Monday that an unknown U.S. government entity censored his courtroom audiovisual feed, cutting public access to pretrial hearings for five accused Sept. 11 plotters.
"If some external body is turning the commission on or off based on
their own views of what things ought to be, with no reasonable
explanation ... then we’re going to have a little meeting about who
turns that light on and off," said the judge, Col. James Pohl.
Pohl's comments came after an unknown censor cut off a live media
feed to the court proceedings as David Nevin, a lawyer defending Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed, began discussing his request for information on his client's case.
Proceedings at Guantanamo's maximum-security court are broadcast over
closed-circuit television to journalists observing from an adjacent
room. Additional reporters monitor the feed from a nearby media center,
and at Fort Meade, Md.
A red light resembling a police emergency beacon goes off in the
courtroom when the censorship button has been activated. A court
security officer positioned next to the judge has the ability to dump
the feed if anything secret arises. That officer didn't activate the
censorship button on Monday.
Defense attorneys said they didn't previously know that someone outside the courtroom could cut off the feed.
"I would like to know who has the permission to turn that light on
and off, who is listening to this, who is controlling these proceedings,
or controlling that aspect of these proceedings," Nevin said.