September 11 defendants get "My Lai" massacre film

September 11 defendants get "My Lai" massacre film

Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks were given a copy of a Hollywood movie about a U.S. massacre of Vietnamese civilians to help them prepare their defense in their mass murder trial, a prosecutor said on Monday, Reuters reported.

Self-described 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and two co-defendants, who are acting as their own attorneys, asked for and were given copies of several movies, prosecutor Robert Swann told the Guantanamo war crimes court.

Among them were "Judgment: The Court Martial of Lt. William Calley," a 1975 Stanley Kramer film about a U.S. soldier held responsible for the murder of Vietnamese civilians in what came to be known as the My Lai massacre. Harrison Ford played the title character's superior officer in the movie.

"The camp provided them," Swann told the court, referring to the movie request. Also provided were copies of the National Geographic films "Inside Mecca" and "Inside the Vatican."

It was unclear why the defendants wanted the films, though they could be trying to equate the killing of U.S. civilians with the killing of civilians by the U.S. military at My Lai.

Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged al Qaeda co-conspirators are charged with 2,973 counts of murder and could be executed if convicted.

President Barack Obama asked last week for a 60-day freeze in the proceedings and said he would decide by November 16 whether to try them in a revised version of the much-maligned military tribunals or move the cases to regular civilian courts.

The U.S. military judge granted the freeze in the 9-11 case shortly before Monday's hearing at the U.S. naval base in southeast Cuba. But he held the hearing anyway to hear outstanding requests from the defendants, who opted not to attend.

The chief prosecutor for the Guantanamo tribunals, Navy Captain John Murphy, said federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., New York and Virginia were already reviewing the case files and vying to try the accused September 11 plotters if the cases are moved into the civilian courts.

The Obama administration has ordered the Guantanamo detention camp shut down by January 22 and is still debating what to do with the 226 detainees it holds. Murphy said he still hopes to try 65 of them in military tribunals and that "We are ready to prosecute this case in this court, now."

Obama has said he considers military tribunals to be an appropriate forum for terrorism trials of Guantanamo captives but would prefer to try them in federal courts if feasible.

The delays frustrated September 11 victims' relatives who came to Guantanamo to watch the hearing. Several said they felt their loved ones had been forgotten as the years dragged on without trials.

"We are just damned disgusted with the whole business," said Bob Hemenway, whose son Ronald was killed when a hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon. "We need some justice. We need it now."

Talat Hamdani, whose paramedic son Salman Hamdani was killed in the World Trade Center, said she was disappointed at not being able to see the defendants she called "those demented people who distorted the faith of Islam."

"I am a proud Muslim American mother of a proud son who gave his life that day rescuing his fellow Americans," she said.

Hamdani said the trials should be moved to the federal courts because Guantanamo had tainted "America's moral integrity" and "I don't want injustice done in his name."

But most of the victims' relatives who have attended Guantanamo hearings are staunch advocates of the tribunals.

Many congressional representatives, Republicans and Democrats alike, also support the tribunals and have tried to block efforts to move Guantanamo prisoners to the United States, where they would enjoy U.S. constitutional rights.

Moving the cases into the federal courts, where the rules are well established, would remove one major criticism of the ever-changing Guantanamo tribunals, which have undergone several revisions and completed only three cases since U.S. President George W. Bush first authorized them after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Obama asked Congress for additional changes to the 2006 law underpinning the current rules, including banning the use of evidence obtained through coercion and making it more difficult to use hearsay evidence. The changes were approved in the Senate but are still pending in the House of Representatives.

Indian Army to convert Base hospital into 1000-bed Covid facility
Indian Army to convert Base hospital into 1000-bed Covid facility
Young Turks: Startups that created solutions to aid in fight against COVID pandemic
Young Turks: Startups that created solutions to aid in fight against COVID pandemic
US lawmakers expresses concern over COVID-19 situation in India, appeal for help
US lawmakers expresses concern over COVID-19 situation in India, appeal for help
Loading Bars
Latest
Turkey reduces exports of grain, legumes to Turkmenistan
Azerbaijan's State Committee on Property Issues to hold auction for state properties
Kazakh gas producing company opens tender for hydraulic fracturing services
YARAT Contemporary Art Space presents major project - 1st edition of Baku Street Photography Festival
Georgia reports 1,271 new cases of coronavirus for April 23
Purchasing power of Azerbaijani Nakhchivan's population improves for 1Q2021
Options for diversifying sources for Southern Gas Corridor
Uzbekistan reveals share of agricultural, forestry, fish output for 1Q2021
Georgian Railway increases cargo transportation
Armenia's PM interested in continuing co-op with Soros Foundation - expert
Indian Army to convert Base hospital into 1000-bed Covid facility
Young Turks: Startups that created solutions to aid in fight against COVID pandemic
US lawmakers expresses concern over COVID-19 situation in India, appeal for help
Bulgaria's import of Turkish cars increase in 1Q2021
S&P's assigns credit rating for bonds issued by Uzbekistan's UzAuto Motors JSC
Oil climbs on hopes for demand recovery, India's virus surge caps gains
Prices of precious metals in Azerbaijan down
Pfizer to offer vaccine to Iranian govt at ‘not-for-profit’ rate
India gifts 39 ambulances, 6 school buses to Nepal
Organic farming revolution in India
East Asian fund buys Investing.com for $500m
Tesla CEO Musk puts $100 mln jolt into quest for carbon removal
Uniper’s power plants reduce gas consumption
Daimler raises outlook, says chip shortage may impact Q2 sales
Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan expanding use of renewable energy sources
A-level Education Center talks co-op with EU Business School (PHOTO)
Kazakhstan sees decreases in trade with Croatia y-o-y
Kazakhstan’s Kazatomprom signs agreement to sell share in Ortalyk subsidiary
Uzbek agro-industrial agency opens tender for hangar construction
Restoration of houses damaged by Armenian shelling starts in Azerbaijan's Ganja (PHOTO)
Uniper to invest €2.7B for its carbon-neutral goals
Turkey, Azerbaijan to join efforts to develop seaports
Uzbekistan reveals COVID-19 data for April 23
Kazakh gas transporting company opens tender for equipment repair
Carpets have been at heart of Azerbaijani art and culture - Euronews
Azerbaijan sees decrease in oil prices
Russia organizes another charter flight from Turkmenistan
Hungary to widen services activity as vaccination rate nears 40%
Azerbaijani state structures gradually transition information systems to G-Cloud - ministry
Azercell’s high-speed mobile internet continues to cover on and under the ground
High provision of reserves positively affects Azerbaijan's sovereign rating - Gazprombank
Azerbaijan establishes Commercialization & Technology Transfer Center
Azerbaijan's MoD shows footage from Zangilan's Najaflar village (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan maintaining stable credit position despite pandemic - Renaissance Capital
Azerbaijani currency rates for Apr. 23
Georgia, Bulgaria aiming for improvement of maritime shipping
Growing share of renewables to cause electricity price volatility
Azerbaijan enters era of fourth industrial revolution based on artificial intelligence - Ministry
India's posts world record daily COVID cases for second straight day
Situation in Azerbaijan’s Ganja city following Armenia's attack – war crime, French lawyer says
Georgia shares data on revenues from excise taxes in 1Q2021
EBRD aims to finance main economic spheres in Georgia
13 patients killed in hospital fire in western India
Azerbaijan applies world experience in construction of digital cities
Russia and Azerbaijan interested in Georgian mussels and oysters
Lending to legal entities, individuals in Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan drops
Georgia reveals volume of taxes, paid by its citizens
Azerbaijan discloses data on 1Q2021 oil export to Israel
EU leaders seek to lead climate action in carbon trading
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter logs another successful flight on Mars
More than 874,000 COVID-19 infections detected worldwide over past 24 hours
Iran cuts number of centrifuges enriching uranium to 60% purity, IAEA report says
3 rockets land near Baghdad airport in Iraq
Israel reports 189 new COVID-19 cases, 837,668 in total
Eight missing in Shanghai factory fire
Georgian FM meets Turkish counterpart in Bucharest
UN Environment, WHO support Georgia in deciding on regulation on lead paint
Uzbekistan’s business activity index sharply increases
55 new cases of "double mutation" variant found in UK in latest week
Azerbaijani athlete reaches final of European Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Azerbaijan's banking sector wraps up 1Q2021 with profit
Internet data transmission speed slightly down in Azerbaijan
National Bank of Georgia sells funds at foreign exchange auction
Georgia sees increase in vegetables export
State Customs Committee discloses export of natural gas from Azerbaijan to Georgia
Turkmen Ministry of Agriculture extends tender for purchase of necessary goods
Flydubai to resume flights at Georgian Batumi International Airport
Polymetal International boosts gold output in Kazakhstan, Russia
Brazil reports 3,472 more deaths
Kazakh gas supply company opens tender for construction of operational base
Georgia unveils data on exports of fruits and nuts in 1Q2021
Azerbaijan plans to increase production of fish and fish products
Turkey’s export of furniture and timber to Turkmenistan down
Kyrgyzstan ranks second in world in terms of cheapest mobile internet
Iran's annual exports of dried fruit, nuts grows %42
Georgia opens 69-th online session of UN Economic Commission for Europe
World community must know about Armenian atrocities in Azerbaijan – French lawyer
PM Modi announces India-US partnership on climate, clean energy
Azerbaijan Airlines to start operating special flights to London
Building of Azerbaijan’s Mud Volcanoes Tourism Complex to look like crater from above
Strengthening confidence-building measures in Azerbaijan-Armenia relations most important - Russian MFA
Georgia publishes budget performance report of 1Q2021
French lawyers arrive in Azerbaijan’s Ganja city, shelled by Armenia during war (PHOTO)
EIB financing helped to launch 60 satellites into space in 2020
EIB likely to support dev’t of renewable energy sphere in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens for Apr. 22
Azerbaijan confirms 2,047 more COVID-19 cases, 2,610 recoveries
Baku entitled to demand compensation from Armenia – Russian political analyst
IATA revises 2021 forecasts of world airlines losses
Azerbaijan to open tourism bureau in Israel
All news