[Pnews] Ramzi bin al Shibh - FBI attempted to recruit someone on the defense team as an informant

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Mon Apr 14 16:28:28 EDT 2014

  FBI Tried To Recruit Member of 9/11 Plotters' Legal Team, Lawyers Claim

    * Massimo Calabresi <http://time.com/author/massimo-calabresi/>
      @calabresim <https://twitter.com/calabresim>

    As the proceedings resume in the trial of 9/11 plotters at
    Guantanamo Bay, the defense alleges the FBI attempted to recruit a
    security official appointed to the defense team of accused plot
    deputy Ramzi bin al Shibh as an informant


At Guantanamo Bay, the wheels of justice turn not so much slowly, as 
seldom. Twelve and a half years after 9/11, the five men accused of 
planning and launching the attack are in pre-trial hearings at a 
military tribunal there. On Monday, the tribunal held proceedings for 
the first time since December. Within minutes, the hearing recessed.

As the indefatigable Carol Rosenberg reports 
in the Miami /Herald/, Army Col. James Pohl, who is the presiding judge 
on the tribunal, called the recess after lawyers for the accused 
terrorists said the FBI had tried to turn a member of the defense team 
into a confidential informant:

    Defense lawyers alleged Monday that in at least one instance, two
    FBI agents enlisted a civilian on the defense team of accused plot
    deputy Ramzi bin al Shibh as a confidential informant.

    The FBI had no immediate comment.

    But the development seemed to stun the chief prosecutor, Army Brig.
    Mark Martins, who told the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, that he
    was unaware of the FBI activity.

Martins is struggling to keep proceedings moving. While his primary task 
is to prosecute the five men, he also is under scrutiny for the 
effectiveness of the tribunal itself. The Obama administration tried 
<http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1958686,00.html> to 
bring the plot's ringleader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to the United 
States for trial early in Obama's first term but found it 
politically impossible to do so. Since then, every development at the 
tribunal <http://swampland.time.com/2011/03/07/obama-bolsters-gitmo/> 
has been viewed as a potential judgment on whether military trials are 
more or less effective than the U.S. court system, where al Qaeda 
terrorists continue to be brought to justice with some regularity.

The current fits and starts at Gitmo are inevitably unfolding as part of 
that debate. The December delay came thanks to questions of whether one 
defendant, Ramzi Bin Al Shibh, was competent to stand trial after 
repeated outbursts at his hearings. Monday's delay, with luck, will be 
shorter: proceedings are expected to start again Tuesday.

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