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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:43 PM

(Military) Judge to US government: stop censoring 9/11 hearings

Source: Middle East Online

Judge to US government: stop censoring 9/11 hearings

Military Judge James Pohl says government must disconnect outside feed or ability to suspend broadcast from outside his court.

Middle East Online

Censoring can go on, but not from outside courtroom

US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY (Cuba) - A military judge ordered the US government Thursday to stop censoring September 11 pre-trial hearings from outside his courtroom.

Judge James Pohl said the government must "disconnect the outside feed or ability to suspend the broadcast" from outside his court.

Proceedings are heard in the press room, and in a room where human rights groups and victims’ families sit, with a 40 second delay. This is done so that a security officer sitting next to the judge can block anything deemed classified.

The ruling Thursday means censoring can go on, but it cannot be activated from outside the courtroom.

Read more: http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=56740

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