Fri, August 15th, 2014 @ 5:58pm
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The military judge in charge of the 9/11 terrorism trial bowed to a Pentagon prosecution protest Wednesday and agreed to go forward with a single, five-man, Sept. 11 death-penalty tribunal.
The judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, had separated alleged 9/11 plot deputy Ramzi bin al Shibh, 42, on July 24 to have his own trial. He cited bin al Shibh’s unique conflict-of-interest and competency issues as slowing progress in the trial of alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and three other accused co-conspirators.
But prosecutors protested, in part, by citing the potential trauma that two trials might inflict on the families of the 2,976 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when 19 hijackers allegedly trained and funded by the five defendants crashed passenger planes into the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and a Pennsylvania field.
Fri, August 15th, 2014 @ 5:49pm
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Just one month remains for first responders and volunteers who helped in 9/11 recovery efforts to register for future workers' compensation benefits with the state should they fall ill.
Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that extended the registration deadline and expanded the list of covered illnesses to include psychological ailments and certain respiratory tract problems.
Thousands of responders are still eligible, but they must register before Sept. 12.
Fri, August 15th, 2014 @ 2:15pm
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba—Lawyers for the 9/11 accused sparred with a federal attorney Thursday over whether FBI agents secretly questioning their staff stirred a potential ethical issue that paralyzes progress in the case. The judge didn’t resolve it.
Meanwhile, the alleged Sept. 11 plotters waged a silent protest by donning Palestinian attire. The alleged mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, wore a black checked headdress to court instead of his typical red one and his nephew, Ammar al Baluchi, traded his usual Kuwaiti headscarf for a Palestinian skullcap in what defense attorney James Connell called a “mute, silent expression of solidarity with the people of Gaza.”
David Nevin said his client Mohammed — who once bragged he was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks “from A to Z” — was so disturbed by news accounts that he had written President Barack Obama directly, about Gaza and “a number of matters.” He called the headscarf switch “a statement of solidarity for the Gazans, for the Palestinians, about what is going on in Gaza right now.”
Fri, August 15th, 2014 @ 2:09pm
Researchers have been trying to unravel the full extent of the health effects of the September 11 terrorist attacks ever since they occurred. The collapse of the skyscrapers released all sorts of toxic dust into the air, and figuring out exactly how this has affected people who were in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 and in the days that followed has been an ongoing challenge. New research from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, adds one piece to the puzzle: The dust may have led to a lot of pregnancy complications, premature births, and visits to neonatal intensive-care units.
Wed, May 16th, 2012 @ 5:41am
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