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Government prosecutors announced Monday that they are seeking the death penalty in the case against six men suspected of plotting the suicide-hijackings of September 11, 2001. The trial, which will be the first in the history of the Guantanamo detention system, faces a number of questions, including “whether waterboarding constitutes torture, how statements obtained by coercion are to be handled, whether detainees may be so psychologically damaged that they may not be able to assist in their defense and exactly what the rules of the trials are to be.” The case also raises the possibility that the administration’s interrogation methods will be themselves put “on trial” as defense lawyers are likely to question the reliability of evidence obtained through coercive methods. (New York Times, Boston Globe)


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