SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A judge has upheld a courtroom time delay to screen statements during the military tribunal for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.
The American Civil Liberties Union and media organizations opposed the 40-second delay, saying it amounted to closing one of the most significant terrorism trials in history. The government wants the delay so it can prevent release of classified information to spectators watching behind sound-proof glass or in a separate viewing room.
The two sides argued the issue at a hearing at the U.S. base in Cuba in October. A military judge ruled Wednesday that it is the "least intrusive" way to protect national security.
The trial of the five men accused of aiding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is at least a year away.