GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Lawyers in the Sept. 11 terrorism case are asking a judge to make it easier for the public to follow the Guantanamo military tribunal.
Defense lawyers note the public isn't permitted to travel to the U.S. base in Cuba and can only watch by closed-circuit TV from Fort Meade, Maryland. Viewing in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts is limited to families of victims or emergency workers who responded to the Sept. 11 attacks.
Attorney Jim Harrington asked the court to create public viewing area at all sites because of the historic nature of the case. Another attorney, Marine Corps Maj. William Hennesy, asked to allow television coverage. Prosecutors say public access is satisfied with Fort Meade. The judge didn't rule on the issue at the pretrial hearing Friday.