As if the news that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his four co-defendents pleaded guilty to the 9/11 attacks wasn’t wild enough, now it appears that they’ve suspended entering that plea. According to an ACLU press release fresh to my inbox, after the presiding judge, Army Col. Steven Henley, questioned the competency of two of the five defendants to plead out, the others — including Mohammed — suspended their own pleadings.

The ACLU’s Anthony Romero comments on this out-of-control GTMO day:

"This afternoon’s hearing was just another chapter in the Guantánamo military commissions debacle. Neither the military judge nor the accused are clear about how these proceedings will move forward. What is abundantly clear is that no matter how hard the government tries to advance the military commissions, this process doesn’t work. Questions of the death penalty and the competence of several of the defendants are still unresolved – and not likely to be resolved. The only solution is to shut the military commissions down and start from scratch."

Could these tribunals become any more farcical?

Crossposted to The Streak.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman