AFP: USS Cole bomb suspect faces Guantanamo tribunal
Obama has denounced waterboarding -- a type of simulated or near-drowning -- as torture, and Nashiri's defense team said Tuesday that the US had lost "all moral authority" to try their client by torturing him in a secret prison.
"By torturing Mr Nashiri, the United States has lost all moral authority to try Mr Nashiri," his civilian lawyer Richard Kammen told reporters.
"This is a big part of the case -- what happened and how he was treated is important to a death penalty case, should we get to a death penalty case."
Such claims of torture by the defense team could complicate the trial and revive debate over the efficacy of the anti-terror strategy of Obama's predecessor George W. Bush.
Mark Martins, the military commission's chief prosecutor for the case, said Tuesday that "no statement obtained as a result of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" would be admitted into evidence.
ok--then what ?
Iran and others retaliate on the US?
Media organizations seeking greater transparency have proposed that C-SPAN or other organizations be allowed to broadcast the proceedings. But a Pentagon spokesman, Dave Oten, said Saturday that broadcast beyond closed-circuit viewing is forbidden under "federal court rules" that ban recording federal criminal proceedings. Were a channel to broadcast the trial, someone could record it, he said.