October 15, 2012

Five Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks were back before a military tribunal Monday, apparently forgoing the protest that turned their last appearance into an unruly 13-hour spectacle.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has portrayed himself as the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, and his four co-defendants sat quietly at the defense tables under the watchful eyes of military guards. Defendant Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi calmly responded to the judge’s questions about his request for additional legal counsel.

It was a stark contrast to their arraignment in May on charges that include terrorism and murder. At that earlier session, one prisoner was briefly restrained, the men refused to listen to the court translation system headphones, they ignored the judge and two stood up to pray at one point.

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