9/11 terrorists still haven’t come to trial

Daily News Article   —   Posted on September 12, 2018

(by Max Jaeger, NY Post) – …Seventeen years after they helped murder 2,977 innocents in the worst terrorist attack on US soil, five 9/11 suspects — including self-avowed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [KSM] — have not faced trial.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for all five men and have attempted for years to try the case, but a constantly shifting venue, questions over coerced evidence and the limitations of holding trials at Guantanamo Bay have slowed the case to a crawl.

Victims’ families say the legal limbo puts them through hell.

“It’s outrageous the length of time this has taken,” Debby Jenkins, who lost her brother Joseph Jenkins in the World Trade Center attacks, told The Post on Monday.

“Thousands and thousands of people have been affected. Families have been destroyed. There will never be closure, but we would just love to see justice served. That’s what we’re waiting for.”

Alice Hoagland, whose son Mark Bingham led the attempt to retake hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, said she respects due process but wants the suspects executed — the sooner the better.

“These people were instrumental in torturing and killing almost 3,000 people — one of whom was my son,” she told The Post on Monday. “They’re creepy people, and they murdered a lot of us, and they deserve to suffer and die.”

The US had captured Mohammed and the four accomplices by 2003. They were shuffled among CIA “black sites” for interrogation before being arraigned in 2008.

But President Barack Obama suspended the case when he entered office, and in 2010, the Pentagon dismissed the charges without prejudice, meaning the men could be charged again later.

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder tried to move the case to Manhattan federal court, but the plan was nixed [following multiple challenges with this, including public opposition], and the administration refiled charges at the military court at Guantanamo.

The men were arraigned in 2012, and what has followed has been an endless procession of pretrial hearings over their treatment in captivity and whether evidence gleaned using “enhanced interrogation” tactics was usable.

“The fact that we can’t try these individuals is such an incalculable disservice to the citizens of this country,” said Karen Greenberg, director of The Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. “The system is just flawed in every way.”

In the latest setback, the military judge who had overseen the case since its inception stepped down. Now his replacement, Marine Col. Keith Parrella, 44, has to read up on 20,000 pages of transcripts, plus an unknown number of classified records, according to the Miami Herald.

With more pretrial hearings scheduled for 2019, a trial is not expected to begin before 2020, the Herald reported.

“If you look at it historically, how long its taking, I’m not confident it would be 2020,” Jenkins said. “I’d like to see that happen.”

Just two people have been sentenced in connection with 9/11 — Zacarias Moussaoui and Mounir el-Motassadeq.

Moussaoui pleaded guilty in 2005 to six terrorism-related conspiracy charges tied to 9/11 and is serving life in prison without parole.

In 2006, German courts convicted el-Motassadeq on 246 counts of accessory to murder for providing financial assistance to the 9/11 hijackers. He got 15 years in prison.

The five suspects faced yet another hearing Monday.

Mohammed’s lawyer, David Nevin, did not return a request for comment. But Greenberg said even the defense attorneys want to get the trial over with.

“They’re the only defense attorneys asking for their clients to be tried,” Greenberg said.

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After 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured, he was interrogated by psychologist James Mitchell.

Watch a September 11, 2018 interview with Dr. Mitchell as he talks about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed:


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