Tag: Mohammed, Khalid Shaikh

9/11 Prisoners May Get Video Chats to Bridge the Coronavirus Divide

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — In a bid to restore some access to Guantánamo’s isolated detainees, prosecutors in the trial over the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks are proposing weekly video meetings between the five defendants and their lawyers, which would require both sides to work […]

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The 9/11 Trial: Why Is It Taking So Long?

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — Next year is the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings that killed 2,976 people in New York, at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field. For much of those two decades, the United States has been holding five […]

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The Growing Culture of Secrecy at Guantánamo Bay

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — During a court session this year in the case of the men accused plotting Sept. 11, defense lawyers spotted something curious: Prosecutors were huddled around a wireless silver tablet computer. When confronted about it, the judge made a […]

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Pakistani Court Overturns Conviction in 2002 Killing of Daniel Pearl

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the murder conviction and death sentence of Ahmed Omar Sheikh, a British-born militant who had been convicted of masterminding the 2002 abduction and killing of the American journalist Daniel Pearl, lawyers said. The court also overturned the convictions of three other men who had been serving […]

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Military Judge in 9/11 Trial at Guantánamo Is Retiring

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — The military judge presiding in the Sept. 11 death penalty trial at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has scheduled his retirement for later this year, in the latest blow to efforts to start the long-running trial in 2021. The judge, Col. W. […]

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Inside the Most Secret Place at Guantánamo Bay

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — For years, starting from the time they were held and interrogated by the C.I.A. after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the prisoners spent their days and nights in isolation, each man locked alone in a cell, at times […]

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An Interrogation Program Worked Out on the Fly

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — It was May 2003, a year into the C.I.A. program that had led to three detainees being waterboarded hundreds of times in search of information about possible terror plots, and the agency needed to train more interrogators. At […]

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With a Year Until Guantánamo’s 9/11 Trial, the Military Has a Long To-Do List

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — After a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck in the Caribbean, the Navy captain in charge of this remote Pentagon outpost declared a tsunami warning. Word reached the base school and boats on the bay but never got to the war […]

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C.I.A. Interrogator Testifies That He Threatened to Kill Prisoner’s Son

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — The C.I.A. contractor who interrogated Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the man accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, testified on Monday that he threatened to kill one of Mr. Mohammed’s sons if there was another attack on […]

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Guantánamo Testimony Exposes Role of Doctors in C.I.A. Interrogations

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — When the C.I.A. strapped down Khalid Shaikh Mohammed at a secret site in Poland in 2003, those inside the cell included a three-man waterboarding team, black-masked guards — and a doctor. The doctor’s stated role was to monitor […]

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He Waterboarded a Detainee. Then He Had to Get the C.I.A. to Let Him Stop.

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — After a few weeks of waterboarding the captive in August 2002, the C.I.A. contract psychologists who had developed the interrogation program wanted to stop. The prisoner, a Palestinian known as Abu Zubaydah, was cooperating, and there did not […]

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Architect of Interrogation Program Testifies at Guantánamo Bay

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — The architect of the C.I.A.’s Bush-era interrogation program, who personally waterboarded the man accused of masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks, testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay on Tuesday, defiantly facing defendants who […]

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Psychologist Who Waterboarded for C.I.A. to Testify at Guantánamo

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — They first met at a secret C.I.A. prison in March 2003. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was believed by his captors to be a senior Qaeda operative who might have information that could save American lives. James E. Mitchell was […]

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