U.S. Military Trials of Terror Suspects 'Imminent'
The start of military trials of foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is imminent, the Pentagon’s chief prosecutor said on Thursday, while defending a rule allowing the U.S. government to monitor conversations between the defendants and their lawyers. President Bush in 2001 authorized the first U.S. military commission trials of wartime prisoners since World War II. On July 3, Bush designated six foreign captives as eligible for such trials. The Pentagon refused to identify them. “I think it’s safe to say our start is imminent, soon,” Army Col. Frederic Borch, named by the Pentagon to lead the prosecution, told an American Bar Association event. He did not give a specific date, how many defendants would be tried, or the charges involved. Full Story