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The Goings-On at GTMO

The Goings-On at GTMO

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On Thursday, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (aka "KSM") will appear in the new courthouse on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the first time since he was captured in Pakistan, back in 2002. Before his capture, KSM claimed credit for the idea to attack the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th, and said he personally beheaded American journalist Daniel Pearl.

For some, the proceedings on Thursday are a change to bring justice to the men responsible for Sept. 11. But defense attorneys argue that their clients were tortured, and that the military tribunals are stacked against them.

Later this week, Jackie Northam heads to GTMO to cover the trial. She joins us to give us the details and background. We'll also hear from General Thomas Hartmann, who defends the way prisoners are treated at the base.

So, all you lawyers out there, if you have questions about the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, leave them here.

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