U.S. Charges September 11 Masterminds (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/05/12)
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The United States on Wednesday announced charges against Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed, accused of orchestrating the September 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks, and four others accused of involvement in the plot.
The five could be sentenced to death, according to a CNN report.
Along with Mohammed, the others are Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak
Bin ´Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed
Adam al Hawsawi.
The charges allege that the five are “responsible for the planning
and execution of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York,
Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., resulting in the killing of
2,976 people,” according to a Defense Department statement.
The five accused are charged, according to the statement,
with “terrorism, hijacking aircraft, conspiracy, murder in violation
of the law of war, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects,
intentionally causing serious bodily injury, and destruction of
property in violation of the law of war. The convening authority has
referred all charges to a joint trial.”
“Each of the five accused have been provided, in addition to their
detailed defense counsel, learned counsel, possessing specialized
knowledge and experience in death penalty cases, to assist them in
their defense,” CNN quoted the Pentagon as having said.
Wednesday´s action is a refiling of charges against the accused
conspirators. The military initially charged Mohammed in 2008, but
President Barack Obama stopped the case as part of his effort to
close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
Unable to close the center, Obama attempted to move the case to
federal court in New York in 2009, only to run into a political
firestorm. The plan was dropped after complaints about cost and
Last April, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the five would
face a military trial at Guantanamo Bay.
The announcement of the charges came two days after the publication
of an online poster, warning that the Al Qaeda terrorist organization
wants to stage a repeat “performance” in New York City, where its
terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people in aerial attacks on the World
Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The graphic poster, apparently designed by an amateur, includes the
words “Al Qaeda” and “Coming Soon Again in New York.” whose skyline
at sunset is shown in the background. The poster also was seen on
various Arabic language websites and extremist forums.
The poster elicited alarm in the New York Police Department.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/05/12)
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