Judge ‘manipulated’ 9/11 attacks case, court document alleges

(Secret orders, secret communications between the White House and the judge in the case. The deliberate destruction of key evidence commissioned by the government and sanctioned by the judge. All this surrounding the prosecution of the “architect” of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a man who was tortured into confessing to practically everything ever done to US interests abroad. Keep in mind, KSM was actually working for the US government when he was fighting Charlie Wilson’s war in Afghanistan back in the 80s.)

from the Guardian

The judge overseeing the premiere military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay effectively conspired with the prosecution to destroy evidence relevant to defending the accused architect of the 9/11 attacks, according to a scathing court document.

Army Col James Pohl, who this week at Guantánamo is presiding over a resumption of pretrial hearings in the already troubled case, “in concert with the prosecution, manipulated secret proceedings and the use of secret orders”, the document alleges, preventing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s defense team from learning Pohl had permitted the Obama administration to destroy the evidence.

… According to the defense filing, six months after Pohl issued an evidence-preservation order at the defense’s behest and over the prosecution’s objections, the judge “authorized the government to destroy the evidence in question”. Pohl’s reversal of course was “the result of secret communications between the government and Judge Pohl, which he conducted without the knowledge of defense counsel”, the motion asserts.

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