Victims’ Families Invited To Watch 9/11 Mastermind, Plotters Pretrial Hearings


9-11-trialThe families of 9/11 victims will be able to watch pretrial hearings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from military installations in four states.

The hearings set to begin Monday are closed to the public, but victims’ families were invited to watch the proceedings via closed-circuit television.

Five men charged with planning or assisting the terror attack on the World Trade Center are due to appear at the hearings, including self-professed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Family members who registered in advance will be able to watch the proceedings from forts in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

An earlier round of hearings in May was also broadcast via closed-circuit TV to family members, survivors and first responders who wished to see the hearings.

Those proceedings were an exercise in frustration for some viewers, as the suspects refused to cooperate with the court, or interrupted proceedings to kneel in prayer.

Jim Riches, whose firefighter son, Jimmy, died at the World Trade Center, said he planned to view Monday’s hearing at Fort Hamilton, in Brooklyn.

“It’s difficult for the families. But it is 10 years later, and we have no justice,” Riches said. “I just wish it was being broadcast throughout the whole world so everyone could see it, and could see what these guys are like.”

The nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks each have many relatives who could see the trial, but attendance at the first round of hearings last spring was light, with only a few dozen people at each site.

Riches said he didn’t expect a large crowd for Monday’s session either, largely due to the pain of reliving the attacks.

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