Guantanamo Bay 9/11 Arraignments to be Broadcast for Victims' Families
MANHATTAN — The arraignment of five men charged in the 9/11 terror attacks will be broadcast from Guantanamo Bay on closed-circuit TV for Ground Zero first responders, survivors and relatives of victims killed that day.
The military tribunal, set for May 5, will be shown at eight locations in the United States — including one in New York City, the Associated Press reported.
An Army judge, Col. James Pohl, issued the ruling Thursday, enabling those directly affected by the attacks to watch the proceedings without having to travel to the U.S. base in Cuba.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the attacks, and four other men jailed at Guantanamo Bay are expected to be arraigned on charges that include murder and terrorism.
They face the death penalty if convicted at the military trial.
Pohl's order named five viewing sites for families of Sept. 11 victims, survivors and emergency personnel who responded to the attack, according to the Associated Press. These will be at Fort Meade; Fort Hamilton and another site to be announced in New York City; Joint Base McGuire Dix in Lakehurst, N.J.; and Fort Devens, Mass.
Three other viewing sites — two at Fort Meade and one in Washington — will be set aside for the public, journalists and government officials.