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Prosecutors Seek Protective Order to Prevent Release of Classified Information During Trial of Sept. 11 Prisoners at Gitmo

Oct 15th, 2012 Military tribunals

The Associate Press reports that Judge James Pohl is looking at the breadth of security rules for the war crimes tribunal while presiding over the pretrial hearing for five Guantanamo prisoners charged with terrorism and murder in connection with the 9/11 attacks.

According to the report, the prosecutors in this case have asked for a protective order that would prohibit the release of classified information during trial effectively preventing the accused from publicly revealing their experiences while in the CIA’s secret network of overseas prisons. The report also states that the protective order would require a forty-second delay during proceedings.

The same article notes that the defense team for the accused, the ACLU and a coalition of media are protesting the order. Hina Shamsi, an ACLU attorney who is tasked with arguing against the protective order during the pretrial hearing, stated:

What we are challenging is the censorship of the defendant[s’] testimony based on their personal knowledge of the government’s torture and detention of them.

 

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