Judge Rules That Any Mention Of Torture In 9/11 Trial Will Be Classified

For its own good, the world can’t know what the CIA has or hasn’t done. Via the Christian Science Monitor:

In a significant victory for government prosecutors, the military judge presiding over the trial of accused 911 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has granted a government request to treat as classified any testimony or discussion about the alleged torture of Mr. Mohammed and others during CIA interrogations.

Off limits at the military commission trial at the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay are any details surrounding the defendants’ capture, detention, and alleged torture by the CIA. It includes “the enhanced interrogation techniques that were applied to an accused … including descriptions of the techniques as applied, the duration, frequency, sequencing, and limitations of those techniques.”

Defense lawyers had challenged the government’s expansive assertion of authority to designate certain subjects as protected secrets in the case, saying it was improper for prosecutors to attempt to censor Mohammed and his four co-defendants from discussing their own personal observations of things they involuntarily endured during years of CIA detention and interrogations.

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  • DeepCough

    You know what else is off limits? The Truth.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Why do they even bother with the lie of calling it a trial? If you aren’t going to be held accountable for your misdeeds, then what right do you have to hold anyone else accountable? “Years of CIA detention and interrogations” – how is this in any way whatsoever just? Even if this is the most evil motherfucker on the face of the planet, then you should have no problem compiling a case against him WITHOUT TORTURE! Is it too late to become a Canadian? Are they any better?

  • http://twitter.com/WarWithEastasia warwitheastasia

    Wow, I’ve noticed this many times before, but I guess this is one of the earlier bin Laden models. Google image search “bin Laden nose job”. That’s definitely pre-’04 OBL, before he got a different nose… and the rest of his face… and body… and its a totally different person.

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