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Yes, Mr Kerry it’s “chilling and draconian” – Guantanamo 345 : Sami Al Hajj

By : Khaled Abdel Aziz

Commenting on the verdict on three journalists from Al Jazeera “false news” The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the verdict is  “chilling and draconian.”

Judgment on journalists of Al Jazeera by a court and judges .. for publishing false and fabricated news  in trying to demolish the Egyptian state is “chilling and draconian.”, but  held a  journalist from the same Al Jazeera for six years without charge or trial in Guantanamo with all kinds of torture, ..of course, is democratic, .. American democratic ..

Mr. Kerry Let me introduce prisoner 345 to you ..

ISN_345's Guantanamo detainee assessment.

ISN_345’s Guantanamo detainee assessment.

Sami Al Hajj is a Sudanese journalist for the Al Jazeera network.

was arrested in Pakistan on December 15, 2001. He was on his way to work in Afghanistan as a cameraman for Al Jazeera and had a legitimate visa.

The U.S. military held him as an “enemy combatant” in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camp in Cuba for over six years without charge

with Guantanamo Internment Serial Number 345, and was the only journalist to be held in Guantanamo.

He was released without charge on May 1, 2008.

According to British human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith Stafford Smith, who visited him in 2005. Al Hajj had “endured horrendous abuse – he was repeatedly beaten and tortured in Guantánamo,He was attacked by dogs. He was hooded. He was hung from the ceiling. He was prevented from sleeping for days.

Interrogators questioned him more than a hundred times.

sexual abuse and religious persecution” and that he had been beaten, leaving a “huge scar” on his face.

Stafford Smith also said that Al Hajj had witnessed “the Quran being flushed down the toilet by US soldiers in Afghanistan” and “expletives being written on the Muslim holy book”.

Mr. Kerry .. please Shut your mouth 

Notice – Mr. Kerry .. kept aid for yourselves .. We know you are on close to bankruptcy

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FBI Questions Disrupt 9/11 Case At Guantanamo

This image reviewed by the U.S. military shows the guard tower at the entrance to “Camp Five” and “Camp Six” detention facilities of the Joint Detention Group at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Jan. 19, 2012.

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attack say the FBI has questioned more people who work as support staff on their legal teams than previously disclosed, a development that may prompt a new detour in an already snarled case as the war crimes tribunal reconvened Monday at this U.S. base.

The trial by military commission of the five prisoners was derailed in April when the attorney for one defendant revealed that a member of his support staff had been questioned at home by the FBI and asked to provide information on others who work for the defense.

Lawyers say they have since learned that at least three other staffers have been questioned in two separate investigations over the past year. They want the judge to conduct a full hearing with witnesses into the issue despite government assurances that the investigations have been closed.

“The facts as we know them give rise to a potential conflict of interest, and when that happens, U.S. Supreme Court decisions are clear: The judge has an obligation to conduct a thorough inquiry,” said David Nevin, the lead civilian attorney for defendant Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Little is publicly known about the two investigations. Lawyers say the FBI questioned an investigator and a classified material analyst for the team representing defendant Ramzi Binalshibh; an investigator for defendant Mustafa al-Hawsawi; and a translator on the team representing Mohammed, who has portrayed himself as the mastermind of the terror attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

James Harrington, a civilian lawyer for Binalshibh, told the court his investigator denied speaking to the FBI and has since left his team. “We have had basically a spy within our team for a number of months,” he said.

Prosecutors have said the FBI questioned the evidence technician as part of a preliminary investigation into the mishandling of classified evidence and the probe ended without charges, though the matter was referred to the Defense Department for possible further action.

Nevin told the court that the questioning of support personnel has prompted him to curb his defense activities, prompting him to cancel an investigative trip to the Middle East, out of fear that he is under scrutiny. “I am trimming my sails. I am pulling my punches,” he said.

The government is seeking to resume pretrial proceedings for the five prisoners, who face charges that include terrorism and murder for their alleged roles planning and providing logistics in the attack and could get the death penalty if convicted. Since their May 2012 arraignment, there have been 10 pretrial hearings in what officials have called the most complex terrorism trial in U.S. history.

Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, the chief prosecutor, said the case is making “methodical and deliberate movement” toward trial but no date has been set. “Delay is frustrating and I acknowledge that.”

Lawyers for the defendants say the FBI investigations of defense team staff are part of a pattern of interference in their ability to represent the men, including the monitoring of written communications with their clients and the revelation in February 2013 that the rooms in which they meet with clients contained microphones apparently disguised to look like smoke detectors.

They are seeking a weeklong hearing in August that would feature testimony from the FBI agents and the defense team members who were questioned as well as a former member of the prosecution team who now works as a senior FBI official. Prosecutors say it’s time to move on.