"It can never be fair to bring a man to the brink of death and back 183 times with waterboarding and then do it a final 184th time – but this time it will have full state sanction. The bottom line is, torture denies justice. If you believe fundamentally that America is better than that, then this is a struggle for the soul of America"....
"I think a lot of Americans are appalled that Guantanamo Bay is still open. No one denies 9/11 was horrific, but there are many people in the Middle East who have felt aggrieved by the past effects of colonialism and neo-colonialism. There has been a cycle of tragedy and trauma and now we can add torture.
"I think it is time for the hyperbole of the war on terror to end, for all sides to pursue both redemption and rediscovery. It is my hope this case will provide an opportunity for this process. But in order to do so, it must be seen as fair and legitimate, not just to America but to the rest of the world." Despite President Obama's promise to close the notorious detention facility in Cuba, 167 inmates – all Muslims – remain of the original 800 who were brought in after thousands of dollars in bounties were offered to those that turned them in. Of those still incarcerated, about half have been cleared but not released....
The lawyers are banned from discussing certain subjects – even the term "jihad", which is included in the charge sheet. Court hearings have a 40-second delay, so anything deemed confidential can be silenced before the public gallery hears it.
"It has a chilling effect on our ability to perform a basic aspect of the defence investigation. For instance, anything Mr Mohammed conveys verbally to me, whether it relates to his torture, his treatment or even what may have happened on the eve of his capture in Pakistan, remains classified at the highest level," said Capt Wright. "The US government said that because Mr Mohammed was a high-value detainee, he was exposed to classified CIA information and is therefore a holder of classified information. So effectively: 'Because we tortured you, you can't speak'."
An arraignment hearing in May, normally expected to last no more than an hour, stretched out for 13 hours as each one of the defence lawyers unsuccessfully pleaded for the restrictions to be lifted.
I thought Osama bin Laden was the "mastermind" and chief planner, wasn't he?