War-drobe: Guantanamo judge rules 9/11 beast KSM can don camouflage at trial
9/11 beast can don a warrior’s camo
By JOSH MARGOLIN Post Correspondent
October 17, 2012
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — Evil 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed will be allowed to dress up like a soldier for his military trial next year — and could even shame the proceedings by wearing an American uniform.
At a pretrial hearing yesterday at Guantanamo Bay, a military judge cleared the way for the admitted mass murderer to wear camouflage clothing at his trial for the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people on American soil.
Although the ruling would forbid the fiendish al Qaeda leader from wearing any present-day US uniform, the judge’s decision doesn’t close the door on Mohammed sticking his arms through the sleeves of an American uniform no longer in use.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed
Mohammed and his cohorts holed up at the Cuba-based detention center have already made a formal request to wear an American uniform.
In fact, the camouflage-patterned hunting vest pictured in the request bears the label of a US clothing maker, Rothco, which describes itself as America’s foremost wholesale supplier of military and outdoor products.
The request also shows a picture of a similarly camouflaged jacket, but the label is not showing.
Mohammed’s lawyers argued that since he belonged to the mujahedeen militias that the United States financed to overthrow the Soviet-backed communist regime in Afghanistan, he was entitled to wear the camouflage.
“Mr. Mohammed wore a uniform,” said Capt. Jason Wright, one of the defense attorneys.
The military judge, Col. James Pohl, rejected government arguments that the camouflage was inappropriate and could cause security guards to mistake Mohammed for a US serviceman.
The two sides disagreed on the judge’s intent concerning the use of older uniforms.
“The order doesn’t specify past or present,” a commission official said. “It says that ‘the accused may not wear any article of US military clothing.’ That would seem to encompass past and present US military clothing.”
But James Connell, a lawyer for one of the defendants, interpreted the ruling differently.
He said the judge does not specify whether past military uniforms would be permitted. If Mohammed and the others want to wear American uniforms no longer in use, Connell said, “that would have to be sorted out.”
The decision outraged some families of 9/11 victims who were already disappointed at Pohl’s ruling the day before that allows the defendants to skip the pretrial hearings if they wanted.
What some have forgotten: WHO else wore camouflage a lot?
Is Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) sending a signal to terrorists if allowed to wear camouflage at hearing?
Did anyone in the Military Tribunal give this some thought?
**Visualize KSM in camouflage compared to the video below**
Osama Bin Laden Talks About the 9/11 Attacks
**Since WHEN are TERRORISTS allowed to tell our U.S. Military HOW to run a tribunal/hearing?**
October 11, 2012
FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Lawyers argued in a US military court Thursday over whether the soldier accused of the Fort Hood massacre can keep his beard despite objections from the judge overseeing his court-martial.
A government attorney insisted Major Nidal Hasan, charged with the November 2009 shooting spree, had to conform to US Army regulations prohibiting beards and that the judge in the case was well within his rights to issue an order for the suspect to be forcibly shaved.
“This is akin to wearing a sign that says ‘F-you judge,’” Captain Kenneth Borgnino told the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
Hasan’s bushy “unkempt” beard is a “flagrant violation” of military grooming standards and the judge had clear authority to maintain decorum in his courtroom, he said.
“It is an offense to uniform, to the army… to the panel (jury), to members of the gallery and to the victims,” Borgnino added.
The beard could also be interpreted as a defiant act by Hasan to associate himself with Islamic extremists, the lawyer said.
With legal disputes over Hasan’s beard holding up the trial, a seven-judge panel listened to more than an hour of arguments over whether the accused had to show up in court clean-shaven.
A decision is expected within days.
Hasan’s lawyers said the judge presiding over the court-martial, Colonel Gregory Gross, had no legal right to order their client to be forcibly shaved and that the judge’s stance had undermined his impartiality.
“We believe the military judge exceeded his authority,” Lieutenant Colonel Kris Poppe said.
“Forcible shaving exceeds the authority of the military judge.”
Hasan has said he grew the beard out of devotion to his Islamic faith and his lawyers say orders demanding that he be shaven violate his civil liberties under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act adopted in 1993.