US officials sought for Guantanamo Sept. 11 trial

Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 case at Guantanamo are asking a military judge to order testimony from senior U.S. government officials in a motion to dismiss charges.

Navy Cmdr. Walter Ruiz says the motion filed with the military tribunal requests testimony at the U.S. base in Cuba from eight top officials in the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Ruiz declines to name the officials, and the motion has not been released pending a security review.

The filing was disclosed on a Pentagon website Tuesday.

The motion was filed on behalf of three of the five men charged with helping carry out the Sept. 11 attacks. It seeks to dismiss charges because of what the defense calls improper political interference.