Prosecutors of Sept. 11 defendants request protective order in Guantanamo Bay hearings

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Prosecutors in the case of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks have asked the judge to approve a protective order, which will prevent the release of classified information during trial, the Associated Press reports

This order will include measures to prevent the prisoners from publicly revealing details of their harsh treatment in the CIA’s secret network of overseas prisons before they arrived at Guantanamo in 2006.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a challenge to the protective order because the “restrictions are overly broad and would improperly keep the public from hearing the men speak about their captivity.”

But Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, chief prosecutor for the military commissions, said the protective order would prevent the release of information that could harm the work of U.S. intelligence around the world.

“Our government’s sources and methods are not an open book,” Martins said.

The five men were arraigned May 5 on charges that include terrorism, conspiracy and 2,976 counts of murder in violation of the law of war. One count represents each person killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. The trial will likely take place more than a year from now.

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