GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Five men have told a
military judge at Guantanamo Bay that they want to immediately
confess to plotting the 9/11 attack.
They made the request in a letter to the judge and all affirmed
today that they were prepared to enter a plea at the war-crimes
tribunal. Guilty pleas could lead to their executions.
The men say they decided to abandon any effort to defend
themselves the day Barack Obama was elected president. Obama has
vowed to end the war-crimes trials.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (HAH'-leed shayk moh-HAH'-med) has
already told interrogators he was the mastermind of 9/11. And at
their arraignment in June, Mohammed and another defendant said they
would welcome execution as a path to martyrdom.
Word that they were giving up their defense came as a shock to
some of the victims' families in attendance today.
The judge says competency hearings are pending for two of five
detainees and that precludes them from immediately filing pleas.
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