What promises to be a long trial for five men charged with orchestrating the 9/11 attacks on America began over the weekend in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his colleagues challenged the legitimacy of the military tribunal, prayed out loud, talked back to the judge and partially stripped to reveal marks they said prove mistreatment.
The female defense attorney, Cheryl Bormann of Chicago, wore a full-length abaya that showed only her face. She said it is in deference to the cultural and religious sensitivities of her client. I call that dhimmitude. The defendants complained about skirts worn by women on the prosecution team, saying they might cause them to look at the women and commit a sin. As if mass murder isn't sinful.
Eddie Bracken, who lost his sister in the World Trade Center, said: "They are complaining and our families can't complain. ... It's hurtful because they have no remorse. I don't think they have any souls." Let's make sure these killers meet the real God, real soon.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: May 8, 2012