Journalism in the Public Interest


Censorship Controversy Interrupts Trial of Gitmo Detainees

When a pretrial hearing for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 plotters began this week, an unknown censor shut off the audio feed from the courtroom even though no classified information was being discussed. Even the military commisson judge was caught by surprise, and he has now mandated that no one besides the security officer present in court may suspend broadcasting of the court proceedings, The New York Times reported. Last year, ProPublica covered the controversy surrounding the delayed broadcast and the handling of classified information in the case.

In their defense, the government flunkies involved did say that everything the defendants said was classified by default, so technically there’s no possibility that “no classified information was being discussed,” and so this behavior shouldn’t be entirely surprising.

Horribly offensive, sure, but not surprising.