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Feds Stymie Suit Vs. Alleged Terrorists

U.S. officials and insurance companies representing Sept. 11 victims are locked in an unusual legal standoff, stemming from the government’s refusal to admit it has the alleged mastermind of the attacks in custody. The insurance companies want the Justice Department to serve summonses and complaints on Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other militants named as defendants in a lawsuit in federal court in New York. But U.S. authorities claim they have never officially acknowledged holding the men. They also have argued that such a disclosure could hurt the government’s battle against terrorism. The insurers insist the government cannot prevent them from pursuing valid claims against terrorist organizations, and have proposed a plan to keep information about them under seal. A judge has yet to rule on the plan. Full Story

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