Lawyer: 9/11 Defendants Want Platform For Views


By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press Writer Karen Matthews, Associated Press Writer – 47 mins ago

NEW YORK – The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday.

Scott Fenstermaker, the lawyer for accused terrorist Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, said the men would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks but "would explain what happened and why they did it."

The U.S. Justice Department announced earlier this month that Ali and four other men accused of murdering nearly 3,000 people in the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. will face a civilian federal trial just blocks from the site of the destroyed World Trade Center.

Ali, also known as Ammar al-Baluchi, is a nephew of professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Mohammed, Ali and the others will explain "their assessment of American foreign policy," Fenstermaker said.

"Their assessment is negative," he said.

Fenstermaker met with Ali last week at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. He has not spoken with the others but said the men have discussed the trial among themselves.

Fenstermaker was first quoted in The New York Times in Sunday's editions.

Critics of Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try the men in a New York City civilian courthouse have warned that the trial would provide the defendants with a propaganda platform.

Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, said Sunday that while the men may attempt to use the trial to express their views, "we have full confidence in the ability of the courts and in particular the federal judge who may preside over the trial to ensure that the proceeding is conducted appropriately and with minimal disruption, as federal courts have done in the past."

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Holder for hours about his decision to send the five 9/11 suspects to New York for trial.

Critics of Holder's decision — mostly Republicans — argued the trial will give Mohammed and his co-defendants a world stage to spout hateful rhetoric. Holder said such concerns are misplaced, and any pronouncements by the suspects would only make them look worse.

"I have every confidence that the nation and the world will see him for the coward that he is," Holder told the committee. "I'm not scared of what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has to say at trial — and no one else needs to be, either."

The attorney general said he does not believe holding the trial in New York — at a federal courthouse that has seen a number of high-profile terrorism trials in recent decades — will increase the risk of terror attacks there.

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Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? The facts speak for themselves.

oh yeah

Re..... 'said the men would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks but "would explain what happened and why they did it."

thats the last thing the authorities want.... what if they can't place themselves in the events as documented.

would not deny their role in ...

notice they say "role in" and not, for example, "leading role in" or "central role in" or "sponsorship of" or "orchestration of" or "masterminding" or "authorship" or "planning of" the 9/11 attacks ... hmmm


Maybe the federal prosecutors will explain how they turned 100 floors of steel and concrete to splinters and dust in 10 seconds... twice? ... and then again with Building 7. Advanced Telekinesis? Magical anti-gravity forces from another dimension? Or how they caused the US Air Force to stand down for an hour and 20 minutes. Voo-doo?

This should be entertaining.


Those "turrists" are supermen. They don't even have to hit a 600 foot tall, massively overbuilt steelframed structure with an aluminum plane for it crumble into dust and short segments of steel and pools of molten metal....
These dudes just have to think about it.....and wham down it goes in six seconds!
Amazing. Maybe we should get them on our side so they could work for us....oh I forgot....
They already do.

Where's the evidence

He only killed 3000 people if he is responsible for the controlled demolition as well as the planes-into-towers murders. There were two separate crimes: the murder-by-planes and the murder-by-controlled demolition. We'll see what stuff the defense attorneys are made of.

Whose lawyer?

Puzzling comments by counsel Fenstermaker. Wonder if the defendants have real representation other than somebody who seems hired to set them up for a show trial. Presume that there will be a lot of friends of the court operating on this.

Very disturbing !

"would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks" and "would explain their role and why they did it" Maybe they just want to be martyrs, maybe they have been brainwashed, "their assessment of American Foreign Policy"
sounds like propaganda and a waste of time. Very disappointing.