February 1, 2013
Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 case said they were worried Thursday about outside agencies listening in on their privileged conversations, and sought a freeze in the death-penalty trial.
“After this week, the paranoia level has kicked up a notch,” said Jay Connell, the Pentagon-paid lawyer for Ammar al Baluchi. Baluchi’s uncle, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, is the alleged 9/11 plot mastermind and the lead defendant in the case.
The latest controversy to bedevil the war court came on the day Guantánamo’s chief judge ordered unnamed government agencies to unplug their censorship switches that reach into the $12 million state-of-the-art courtroom.