GUANTANAMO BAY -- Four of the five men accused of being masterminds, planners, financiers of the terror attacks that killed thousands of people on September 11th, 2001, appeared fine when they walked in to court, Wednesday . However, defense attorneys say their clients are suffering mental and physical ailments that stem from the years they were tortured while in CIA custody. Some torture tactics they endured is documented, but in court, Wednesday, defense attorneys said there are a lot of holes and gaps.
“Mr. Al Hawsawi to this day suffers from injuries he sustained during those years of degradation and torture. To this day, he has to choose between defecating and eating. The reality is, the man has to reinsert parts of his anal cavity,” explained, Defense Attorney Walter Ruiz who represents Mustafa al Hawsawi. The accused terror attack financier, was not in court Wednesday. Ruiz said his client was having physical issues that were a direct result of what happened between 2003 and 2006 under the CIA’s watch.
“Mr. Al Hawsawi was tortured in the black sites,” said Ruiz.
Some torture details are in a 525 page report, the senate released in 2014. But in court, multiple defense teams said the report is missing crucial information.
Attorneys for the accused men said the prosecution is withholding information and detailed medical records, some said they are missing medical records all together. Defense attorneys said the records are needed as evidence in order to build their cases and further investigate what the detainees endured.
Meanwhile, prosecutors called the allegations non-sense and argued they have turned over all medical reports.
Attorney Ruiz said, intentional or not, holes remain.
Granted, every time we talk about this, a question we always get is if these are accused terrorists and they are accused of committing the greatest act of terror ever on US soil, so what…And to some extent I think that is the government’s attitude by not giving detainees treatment they need…so what,” Ruiz expressed.
Thursday pretrial sessions continue. However, the sessions are closed to the detainees, victim’s family members, and media.