Death is too good for this genocidal jihadists. But it is long overdue. 12 years. Hang ’em high.
Dear 9/11 Family Member,
I write to inform you that today, April 4, 2012, Bruce MacDonald, the Convening Authority for Military Commissions, referred to a military commission charges against five detainees for their alleged involvement in the 9/11 attacks: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi.
The case was referred as a capital case (meaning the accused could be sentenced to death if convicted) for all five individuals. Mr. MacDonald has made the decision to “refer,” which means to send the case to a panel of at least twelve members, whose function is analogous to jurors in a federal or state court. The case was also referred as a joint trial, meaning that all five of the accused will be tried together, unless the military judge later determines that any or all of the accused should be tried separately.
We will seek to arraign the accused individuals in front of a military judge at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within 30 days of service of the referred charges as required by law. At this hearing, the charges will be read, and the accused will be asked to enter pleas to the charges. The military judge may also set a timeline for the parties to provide required discovery, establish due dates for filing legal motions, and schedule additional pre-trial hearings.
In the next few days, you will receive an email explaining the opportunity for travel to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO), to attend the hearings, and a separate email regarding the closed circuit television sites where you will be able to watch the proceedings if you are interested.
Karen V. Loftus
Director, Victim Witness and VFM CCTV Programs
The US has formally sent to trial five suspected al-Qaeda militants believed to have planned the 9/11 terror attacks. The five Guantanamo Bay inmates, including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried by a military commission.
They will face charges including terrorism, hijacking, conspiracy, murder and destruction of property. They could face the death penalty if found guilty, the Pentagon confirmed.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four others – Waleed bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi – are expected to be tried together, the Pentagon added.
They are accused of planning and executing the terror attacks of 11 September 2001, which saw hijacked planes strike New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
A total of 2,976 people died in the attacks.
The decision to refer the charges to a military commission comes after a legal wrangle over where the five men would face justice.
The Obama administration initially tried to move their trial into US civilian courts, but reversed its decision in April 2011 after widespread opposition.