The military commission hearing, United States of America v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, et al., resumes on Monday, January 28, at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. 2L student and Center fellow Adam Kirchner will be attending the hearing this coming week.
As with other military commission hearings held in the past, Seton Hall University School of Law’s Center for Policy and Research will be present at the hearings to observe and to report on the parties’ arguments and the commission’s decisions in collaboration with The Public Record.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants face seven distinct charges under the Military Commission Act of 2006: conspiracy, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, murder in violation of the law of war, destruction of property in violation of the law of war, hijacking or hazarding a vessel or aircraft, and terrorism. The United States brings these charges against the accused parties, alleging their roles in the conception and preparation of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and northern Virginia.
Army Colonel James Pohl, the presiding military commission judge, is scheduled to address twenty-three motions during the week’s hearings. The motions raise issues including privileged communications; unauthorized disclosure of protected information; preservation of evidence of existing detention facilities; the accused parties’ conditions of confinement; force-feeding procedures; the CIA rendition, detention, and interrogation program, and the production of witnesses. Hearings are scheduled to be held on Monday through Thursday of this coming week.
Adam Kirchner, Research Fellow
Seton Hall Center for Policy & Research