Lawfare’s roundup of the July 23 and 25 sessions of military commissions hearings in the 9/11 case.
Latest in Guantanamo Bay
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- the Trump allegation about being wiretapped
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- the Vault7/Wikileaks mess
It’s Wednesday morning and we’re back at Guantanamo Bay for more pre-trial hearings in the case of the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks.
The week in military commission procceedings continued on June 3.
Memorial Day sessions at Guantanamo Bay resume for the afternoon.
After a brief hiatus, the 9/11 military commissions kicked back in action on Memorial Day.
This case's focus shifted to AE 386, the primary concern being how Touhy applies. First, does the CIA Touhy regulation exceed congressional delegation of power under 5 USC §301? Second, does the CIA Touhy regulation even govern the military commission process? And third, does the CIA Touhy regulation impose an unconstitutionally nonreciprocal burden on the defense?
Walid bin Attash's attorney makes her own motion to withdraw from the case, citing that invasions of attorney-client privilege, lack of access to evidence, torture, failed motion for family visitation, and more, have undermined her credibility with her client.
Pre-trial hearings in the 9/11 military commission case begin again, but abruptly stall once more on the question of whether Walid bin Attash can fire his attorneys.