FROM Vincent Warren
Guantanamo Hearing Begins for 9/11 Suspects In a military courtroom in Guantánamo today, the confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks told a judge that he wants to fire his legal team, due to religious reasons. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators were arraigned today in preparation for a trial scheduled for later this year. It was the first time he has been seen in public since his detention five years ago. Vincent Warren is executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
CIA Admits Destroying Interrogation Videotapes Democrats are talking about "a cover up" and "obstruction of justice." Did the CIA destroy videotapes of interrogations to avoid prosecution, at the same time that Congress was looking into the agency's secret detention program? The suspects include Abu Zubayda and another man who were subjected to what are called "severe interrogation techniques." General Michael Hayden, CIA Director, says the tapes were destroyed because of a " serious security risk " to interrogators and their families from "al-Qa'ida and its sympathizers." Vincent Warren is executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents some of the detainees held at Guantánamo Bay.
In His Confession, Is Mohammed Exaggerating His Role? Today's papers report the written confessions of the man who claims he was not only the mastermind of September 11, but also responsible for 30 other terror attacks and plans to attack. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession was made at what's called a "combatant status review tribunal," held in secret last weekend at Guantánamo Bay. The Pentagon says part of his story was withheld to notify the family of the late Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl . Mohammed says he was the man who beheaded Pearl five years ago in Karachi.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.