Conflict & Justice

More Glitches at Trial of September 11th Suspects at Guantanamo

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Victim Family Members and Office of Military Commissions staff watch pretrial hearings for the alleged conspirators in the 9/11 attacks in this Pentagon-approved court sketch from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba January 28, 2013. (Back row) OMC Patricia Moss, OMC Domini McDonald. (Second row back to front): Debra Strickland, Phyllis Rodrigues, Joyce Woods, John Woods. (Front row back to front): Loreen Sellitto, Matt Sellitto, Anne Gabriel, and Christopher Gabriel. REUTERS/Janet Hamlin (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW MILITARY CONFLICT) - RTR3D3LU

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The trial of five alleged 9/11 co-conspirators resumed Tuesday in Guantanamo.

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The defendants include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind behind the attacks.

He and the others face 2,976 counts of murder.

The trial is taking the form of a 'special tribunal for wartime offenses,' a unique blend of civilian trial and military court martial.

The proceedings have been dogged with problems, though.

Proceedings ground to a halt on Monday as defense attorneys challenged the recording systems in the court-room, amid concerns that mics could pick up confidential conversations between attorneys and their clients.

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    Sunset over Glass Beach, Guantanamo. (Photo: Arun Rath)