Both the public and the alleged terrorist were excluded from the
111-minute hearing in the case that seeks the execution of Abd al Rahim
al Nashiri as mastermind of the Oct. 12, 2000, terror attack that killed
17 U.S. sailors off Aden, Yemen.
Only prosecutors and defense
lawyers attended the hearing with the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl,
and a court recorder creating a classified transcript of the
Nashiri, 49, spent four years in secret CIA prisons where,
according to declassified reports, agents waterboarded him and
interrogated him nude with a hood on his head and handcuffs on his
wrists. One U.S. agent threatened to kill the Saudi with a power drill
and handgun, and threatened to have his mother raped.
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