He went to Guantanamo four times from him home in West Bend, Wisconsin to watch the trial in man, only to walk away disappointed.
“It’s important to me that America finally gets to truth about what happened how it was done,” Haberman said. “I personally want to see how it will stand in judgment.”
If Mohammed is found guilty in court, he may face in death penalty.
When asked about the case, James Connell, attorney for one of Mohammed’s co-defendants one accused of broadcast money 9/11 attackers – confirmed reports that both sides are still “trying to reach a pre-trial agreement”, which may still avoid court and result in smaller but still long sentences.
David Kelly former US Attorney in New York who co-chaired the Justice Department’s nationwide investigation into the attacks, called delays and failure haunt the “terrible tragedy for families of victims.”
He called the attempt to install Mohammed on trial before military tribunal, not in in regular US court system”huge failure” it was “like offensive to our Constitution as to our rule of law.”
“It’s a huge vice on countries history,” he said.
difficulty in conducting a trial for Mohammed and other prisoners of Guantanamo partially rooted in what did the US do with he after his 2003 capture.
Mohammed and his co-defendants were initially detained in secret prisons abroad. Hungry for information which can lead to capture of Human rights organizations say other al-Qaeda figures were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques by CIA operatives that amounted to torture. Mohammed was beaten with water. made feel that he is drowning – 183 times.
A Senate investigation later concluded that the interrogations were not lead anyone valuable intelligence. But this caused endless pre-trial proceedings. over does the FBI tell on their statements can be used against theirs is a process that is not subject to speedy litigation rules used in civil courts.
The allegations of torture raised fears that the United States could destroy its chance put Mohammed on trial in civil court.
But in In 2009, the administration of President Barack Obama decided to try, announcing that Mohammed would be transferred to New York and placed in on trial in federal court in Manhattan.
“Failure is not option”, Obama said.
But New York refused cost of security and move never came. In the end it was announced Mohammed would face a military tribunal. And then over ten years have passed.
Kelly said to speak of military tribunals two decades ago surprised many in legal community who was successfully terrorism prosecution in a decade earlier. Concept of the tribunal, in his words, “came out of Blue. Nobody knew this would happen.”
The then Attorney General John Ashcroft was not in service of tribunals and supported of He said that the federal prosecution of terrorism in Manhattan.
Now, said Kelly, with passage of there will be plenty of time more hard to hold Mohammed accountable in tribunal, and even more so the courtroom. “Evidence grows old, eyewitness memories fail”.
Walkthrough of time has not dulled the memories of victims’ families or weaken their interest in testify justice.
Eddie Bracken’s sister Lucy Fishman was killed in trade center. The New Yorker opposed Obama’s proposal move trial in federal court – Mohammed is indicted with “a military act” and should be judged military, he reasoned. And although he is somewhat frustrated by the delays, he understands them.
“Whole world look at us and saying, “What are they doing after all this time?” he said. But he understands that this is “a process that world sees what needs to be done under the microscope. […] it up the United States, to exercise due diligence, to force sure it’s done right.”
“Wheels of justice turn. They turn slowly, but they turn. And when the time comes and all is said and done world will know what happened, he adds.
While Mohammed lingered at Guantanamo, US kills al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011 raid and deputy successor to Ayman al-Zawahiri in drone strike just this august.
Investigators with in military The commission at Guantanamo said he planned the 9/11 attacks. for three years. They quoted computer hard drive grabbed him arrest which they said contained photographs of 19 hijackers, three letters from bin Laden and information about some thieves.
Mohammed at a hearing in court admitted in a written statement that he swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden, that he on advice to al-Qaeda and that he served as an operative director for Bin Laden for organization, planning, follow-up and execution of plot of September 11 “from A to Z”.
According to the statement, he also took credit for 1993 explosion of World Trade Center; attempt down US jetliners using bombs hidden in shoes; bombardment of night club in Indonesia; as well as plans for a second wave of attacks after the 2001 attacks on landmarks like Sears Tower in Chicago and the Empire State Building in Manhattan.
He also claimed loan for other planned attacks, including assassination attempts against then President Bill Clinton in 1994 or 1995 and murder plot against Pope John Paul II around the same time, the statement said.
Nearly two decades of Muhammad in legal uncertainty is different from fate of his nephew Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of bombing at the World Trade Center in 1993 that killed six people wounded 1000 people and left crater in garage under the twin towers.
Yousef serves life in prison after being convicted in two separate civil trials. He was also captured in Pakistan, in 1995, but was brought to the USA. for trial.
At that time, Yousef claimed his right to kill people was comparable to the US decision to drop nuclear bomb in The Second World War. Mohammed offered a similar justification, stating through an interpreter at the Guantanamo Bay trial that killing people was “language of any war.
Bracken went to Guantanamo in 2012 watch one hearing for Mohammed and his co-defendants, and probably again if the trial ever took place.
“I don’t know If I want Go there again bring back all the hurt and pain. But if I’m allowed to go, then I’ll probably go. Yeah. my sister would do that for to me.”
“She’s that type of woman, he added. Then he corrected himself: “She was such a type of woman.”