Accused 9/11 Orchestrator Arraigned in Cuba

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is arraigned on Saturday in Guantánamo Bay to mixed reactions.

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According to CNN, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused orchestrator of the 9/11 attacks, and four more men are being arraigned in a military commission hearing on Saturday, May 5. The military trial for Mohammed, who is being tried with Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al-Hawsawi, is taking place in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. They face the death penalty if convicted.

CNN reports:  

The five are charged with terrorism, hijacking aircraft, conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, intentionally causing serious bodily injury and destruction of property in violation of the law of war ...

The charges allege that the five are "responsible for the planning and execution of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., resulting in the killing of 2,976 people," the Defense Department said ...

The decision was met with some criticism, including from the American Civil Liberties Union.

ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said last month the administration is making a "terrible mistake by prosecuting the most important terrorism trials of our time in a second-tier system of justice."

Read more at CNN.

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