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<h1 class="article-title" itemprop="headline">FBI Tried To Recruit
Member of 9/11 Plotters’ Legal Team, Lawyers Claim</h1>
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<h2 class="article-excerpt" itemprop="alternativeHeadline">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</h2>
<p><small><small><b><a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://time.com/62133/fbi-911-plotters-recruit-tribunal-guantanamo/">http://time.com/62133/fbi-911-plotters-recruit-tribunal-guantanamo/</a></b></small></small><br>
<p>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.
<p>As the indefatigable Carol Rosenberg <a
in the Miami <em>Herald</em>, 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:
<p>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.
<p>The FBI had no immediate comment.
<p>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.</p>
<p>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 <a
to bring the plot’s ringleader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to the United
States for trial early in Obama’s first term but <a
it</a> politically impossible to do so. Since then, every development
at the <a
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.
<p>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.</p>
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