Guantánamo judge lets lawyers take secret photos of scars of accused Sept. 11 ‘mastermind’

Carol Rosenberg

A military judge has ordered the prison at Guantánamo to let defense attorneys photograph scars on the ankles and wrists of the waterboarded, alleged 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, to preserve evidence in his death-penalty case.

But, Army Col. James Pohl made clear in his ruling, unsealed on the eve of Thanksgiving, that the public may never see the images that defense lawyers consider proof that the CIA tortured him in years of secret custody where U.S. agents waterboarded Mohammed 183 times.

Prosecutors, who don’t concede the men were tortured before arriving at Guantánamo, wanted Mohammed and co-defendant Walid bin Attash to pose for military photographers and have Guantánamo prison commanders control the photos.

Defense lawyers called it an intrusion into the attorney-client relationship, and Pohl agreed.

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Carol Rosenberg
Miami Herald