U.S. Government Secretly Destroyed Evidence in Trial of Accused “9/11 Masterminds”

9/11 rubbleBy Derrick Broze

In another setback for the death penalty trial of the five men accused of aiding the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, two defense lawyers for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed say the U.S. government secretly destroyed relevant evidence.

On May 11, defense lawyers for the accused mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks asked for judge Col. James Pohl and the prosecution team to be recused from the trial, and for the case to be shut down. Defense lawyers David Nevin and Maj. Derek Poteet say that the U.S. government destroyed evidence related to the case, according to the New York Times. The two men are unable to provide further details because the issue is classified, but Mr. Nevin said the evidence was “favorable” to the defendants.

Major Poteet also told the Times that the defense was first informed in February that Colonel Pohl would provide them with a “summary of a substitute” for the original, classified evidence. The defense requested Colonel Pohl to preserve the evidence for the record and Pohl complied. Or so they thought.

“But they learned in February, they said, that about 20 months earlier, and without their knowledge, prosecutors had obtained from Colonel Pohl a secret order that reversed his previous decision,” the Times writes. “By the time they found out, the government had already destroyed the evidence, giving them no opportunity to challenge the move.”

Major Poteet said the situation created the appearance that Colonel Pohl was “colluding with the government.” The Times reports that the original, now destroyed evidence, may have been related to one of several foreign black site prisons operated by the Central Intelligence Agency in Thailand, Poland, Romania, Lithuania and Afghanistan, and at a secret site at the Guantánamo base. KSM was tortured for several years at one of these sites before being transferred to the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba in 2006.

The accusations are likely to delay upcoming scheduled hearings from May 30 to June 3. If there is a delay it will be latest in a long line of interruptions to this alleged pursuit of justice. Most recently, Col. Pohl canceled two weeks of hearings that were scheduled to begin on Friday, April 1st.

“The whole thing is really odd to me. I thought it was an April Fools’ joke,” said Chicago defense attorney Cheryl Bormann, who was already in Washington to travel to Guantánamo this weekend to represent alleged 9/11 plot deputy Walid bin Attash.

The destruction of evidence is, unfortunately, not the first controversy this trial has faced. Another conflict of interest became an issue in 2014 when the defense attorneys for Mohammed and the four alleged co-conspirators said they believed they were being spied on by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Foreign Policy reported,

the FBI had secretly conducted an investigation into possible wrongdoing on the part of one or more members of the five separate defense teams (one for each defendant). Such an investigation could put defense team members in the untenable position of having to provide information to defend themselves or others against possible criminal action — information that could be used against the interests of their own clients.

There was also the issue of interference from outside sources during the hearings. FP continues:

In January 2013, the court’s audio-visual feed, visible to a small set of commission observers, was abruptly cut off by someone other than Judge Pohl; previously, Pohl was believed to be the only person with the authority to use the unique-to-Guantanamo “kill-switch.”

Later, a clearly annoyed Pohl learned that something called the Original Classification Authority (OCA) — which is likely the CIA given that most of the information subject to censorship in the case is related to the agency’s rendition, detention, and interrogation program — had hit the kill switch. Judge Pohl promptly cut off their privileges.

In February 2013 it was revealed that listening devices were hidden within smoke detectors, possibly infringing upon attorney-client privileges. The defense also claimed their emails and work files were disappearing. Former defendant Ramzi Bin al-Shibh was also removed from the trial by the judge in an attempt to speed the process along after so many delays. However, critics argue that al-Shibh was removed because he refused to be quiet, complaining loudly of sleep deprivation.

Is this trial really about truth, justice, and upholding law and order? If the military court hopes to find something close to the truth they should open the hearings to the public, end the spying on the defense team, and be transparent about the treatment of the alleged hijackers. Only by allowing the truth to be released will the wounds of 9/11 begin to heal.

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Derrick is available for interviews.

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46 Comments on "U.S. Government Secretly Destroyed Evidence in Trial of Accused “9/11 Masterminds”"

  1. We have all the evidence we need on YouTube and in films such as Loose Change.

    • We also have as evidence, Larry Silverstein’s speech at some investor meeting, in which he explained in detail the new design for WTC7 for which a technical meeting was held in April 2000.
      Interestingly he muscled out the winning bidder and forced NYNJ Port Authority to award the lease to him roughly 6 months ahead of the attacks.
      But unfortunately, Americans can’t do anything now as the damage has been done.
      Trump, if at all he comes to power, won’t undo any of the damage his ‘Great’ nation has done to the Muslim world.
      He for sure, won’t investigate 9/11 afresh, and if did, he’d probably sent packing to meet JFK

  2. These conspiratorial head honcho’s of the neocon dual-citizen bankster’s & their junkyard dogs of the CIA’s spin doctors etc etc… are leaving huge stinking piles of BS everywhere they go with their fictitious fabrication of BIG LIES…& the only mushrooms that will be growing off of them…. is a nuclear mushroom cloud ….perish the thought..

  3. No one is surprised when these people destroy evidence that could implicate the CIA or US military in what would most likely be violations of numerous laws. However, these detainees didn’t plan 911. This was a false flag attack planned by elements of US intelligence along with Israel, Saudi Arabia, maybe others too. Muslims were always going to be the patsies so there was justification for the start of the War On Terror. Many were tortured and we knew people like Cheney were hoping for some 911 confessions, even if they were false. Any evidence proving these people had nothing to do with 911 can’t be allowed in the light of day either.

    • I agree Bob. Articles like this are a re-direct, misdirection to keep the “The Muslims did it” scheme going. The brainwashed sheeple believe this tripe as, they can’t believe that their own Gov. would do this to them. Anyone with 3 working brain cells can look at the picture of the 2nd plane just before it hit, taken from below, and see that it was NOT a standard passenger jet. No so called “hijacker’s” involved at all.

    • Who collected the insurance from 9-11 should tell us everything we need to know.

    • We are told all the time to back up our files to avoid any loss from corrupted disks etc.
      Does that mean that the CIA is that stupid not to backup their own files?
      If these deleted papers were not on a computer and of a printed nature that also speaks of negligent’s or intentional and nothing accidental about it.
      Luckily Bremmer has a copy but he does not want to share being the spoilt brat he is so we may have to wait until he retires and he releases them in his memoirs.

      • Good thinking and logically they might of course have a copy.
        If only to keep “each other at bay and calm”.

  4. Psychic Warrior | May 21, 2016 at 6:24 am | Reply

    What else is to be expected from a group of cowards like the CIA and the US Military. The alien/military/industrial/complex is alive and well in Guantanamo. “Kill Switch” has more than one meaning and reveals the low mentality of the intelligence community whose sole function is to do the bidding of the Sub-Rosa government of the USA run by the Majestic group of UFO fame which instigated the origination of the CIA.

  5. I saw yellow tape around a car wreck longer than the rubble lasted at ground zero – still melting.

  6. Amish Prepper | May 21, 2016 at 10:47 am | Reply

    Should this surprise anyone? Just proves how much involved the government was with 9/11 and most likely responsible themselves for the deaths of over 3,000 Americans. Unfortunately, no elites or banker elites were harmed in this atrocity. Now we cannot even bring those in our government who were responsible to justice.

    • william beeby | May 23, 2016 at 2:02 am | Reply

      It was the so-called ” shadow government ” I think as the cover ups etc. have just continued under Obama the same as under Bush. In other words they are just figure head puppets and the criminals behind 9/11 will probably be like the assassins who killed JFK all those years ago and never be known to us. Whether Trump or Sanders would change anything we don`t know but under Killary the deceit will just continue and more incidents occur .

  7. barbarakelly | May 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Reply

    It figures coming from these dirtbages.

  8. The evidence destroyed was about all the us government people responsiable for 9/11.

  9. Scott Lindsay | May 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm | Reply

    It does not matter in any of the cases where evidence is destroyed, just look at the incident where the Israel navy boarded the ship carrying food and medicine for the Palestinians and what happened next, 19 where murdered some a point blank range how do I know this they had powder burns where the gun was pressed against the head of one 19 year old.
    The real problem was it was all video taped and it took place in neutral waters and the UN ordered the evidence seized. However we are dealing with a criminal country and none of the evidence made it to court.
    A world without law is a world that is doomed to destroy itself.

    • William Burke | May 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm | Reply

      Are you short of punctuation marks? ‘Cause I could email you some.

    • They might be part of The Cabal, my good man. After all The Cabal or The Banksters (and check who owns the banks around the world) want the planet and in this case everybody who is going to support oppressed people of in this case Palestine is against The Cabal or KM.

      They haven’t been brought before ICC in The Hague by let’s say Interpol for alleged killing unarmed people on that boat. Who dares to oppose Israel?

      AIPAC is running the US behind the curtains and US have very interesting instruments to destroy America and the rest of the world to its advantage: an Army, an Airforce and a Navy.
      Who dares to oppose AIPAC?

      They are already mingling in the internal affairs of USA by speaking openly in the Senate or Congress “by invitation”. Who owns US?

      • william beeby | May 23, 2016 at 1:57 am | Reply

        Voltaire said , ” If you wish to know who rules you just think of who it is you cannot criticise . ” Thats from memory but about right and I think you have answered your own question .

  10. The Bottom Line is you can’t expect the US Govt “MAFIA” to Arrest and bring Themselves to Justice! That’s not going to happen plus the majority of Americans are Flag Waving Sheeple who will believe anything the US Govt tells them! If the US Govt tells the Sheeple “Yes we did 911…but it was for our National Security” the Sheeple would stop for a second and then shout “Yea America…We Knew You Were Looking After Our Best Interests All Along!”

  11. Thanks for this coverage, Derrick. We can only hope that with time, the whole truth of 9/1 will come out.

    And let the chips fall where they may.

    • william beeby | May 23, 2016 at 2:37 am | Reply

      I just dont think under ANY circumstances will ” THEY ” allow us to learn the truth. Imagine what would happen if we did know for sure who did it? It`s just like the JFK killing where we ordinary mortals will never know the truth , not in our lifetimes anyway , maybe in 200 years they will know then .

  12. Derrick Broze’s reporting (above) frames events and therefore the discussion within the imposed context of the government’s official conspiracy theory of 19 Arab hijackers with box knives.
    This is the very definition of controlled opposition, allowed dissent, and hardly rises to the level of, ” Lead Investigative Reporter.”

    • Derrick Broze | May 24, 2016 at 1:42 pm | Reply

      I have never once claimed that the 19 men were responsible. Try reading my articles and see that I always use “alleged”. Some of us have learned to spread truth without beating people over the head or jumping straight to the numerous theories.

  13. Hmmm

    The problem with all this attention focusing on the “Muslims” with show trials, and Saudi “documents” that surface 15 years later (documents never trump physical evidence in court in the real world people)
    is with the evidence gathered on and in the aftermath of 9-11 tells a different tale.

    1) It wasn’t Saudis dancing with joy behind the camera they set up before the attacks celebrating the towers coming down, it was Jewish Israeli Mossad Agents disguised as moving agents

    2) It wasn’t Saudis that went on Israeli TV to tell the world they were sent by Israel to “document the event” it was Jewish Israeli Mossad Agents disguised as moving agents

    3)It wasn’t 30+ Saudis, or any “Muslims” for that matter that were arrested that were arrested that day, it was , art students etc. Jewish Israeli Mossad Agents

    4)It wasn’t 10 Saudis in 2 white Vans with murals on the sides depicting a plane flying into the towers, with large sums of cash and explosives residue that were apprehended in NY city that day it was……
    Jewish Israeli Mossad Agents.

    5)It wasn’t Saudis that for months prior to the attacks occupied the floors and exact rooms that were later struck by the planes it was Jewish Israeli Mossad Agents. Several of whom were known explosives and demolitions experts.

    6)It wasn’t Saudis that were seen brings pallets of unidentified boxes containing among other things primers….in those months leading up to the attacks

    7)It wasn’t Saudis that were publicly calling for a Pearl Harbor attack against America to justify attacking Muslim countries in the Middle East; It was it was Jewish Israeli Mossad Agents.

    8) It wasn’t Saudis that wrote a paper called the Project for a new American (Israeli) century which specifically called for the invasion, destruction and regime change in every single country we eventually
    did attack: it was Jewish dual citizen Israelis and neocon zionists and the Israeli government.

    9)It wasn’t the Saudis that had their military on full alert and 40,000 troops massed on the Palestinian border waiting to invade in the week prior to 9-11: It was Israel.

    10)The overwhelming majority of the “Intel” received by Washington to date regarding the identity of the attackers has come from ……Israel.

    11) It wasn’t a Saudi company that was in charge of the the security at all 3 airports used by the “hijackers” on 9-11: it was an Israeli company with direct ties to the Mossad. The same “security” company which later allowed the shoe bomber to slip by.

    12) No Saudis corporations were granted immunity within days of the attacks and thus blocking any further US government investigation: It was the very same Israeli security company that allowed the hijackers to board the planes at all 3 airports.

    13)No ex government employees have ever come forward stating that they were blocked from investigating Saudis Arabia; Hundreds of government employees have come forward since 9-11 stating that they were threatened, harassed and sometimes terminated for trying to follow up leads pointing directly to Israeli ties to 9-11.

    14)The exact office and Military unit struck and completely destroyed kill all but 2 members of the investigative unit at the Pentagon had not been investigating the Saudis, they had been investigating Israel’s spying activities in the US. In fact they were responsible for discovering and breaking up the Jason Pollard Spy ring………

    15)It was not a Saudi with above top secret clearances in Washington that owned a company that had developed and installed remote control capabilities in Boeing tankers based on the same aircraft frame that crashed into the towers: it was a dual citizen israeli named Doc Zakheim’s company 767’s tankers which had the distinctive protrusion under the fuselage witnessed by many and observed on the films. And only a handful of airplanes in the world at the time had these fully remote control capabilities.

    15) It wasn’t Saudis that bought the only insurance policy covering 2 terrorist attacks on the same buildings ever issued up to that time. It was a known dual citizen zionist. A man who never missed breakfast in the towers except for the morning of 9-11. It wasn’t Muslims that received warnings to stay out of the towers that day, it was Jews.

    16) Both the direct and circumstantial evidence indicting Israel becomes overwhelming and definitive when you stop to consider what happened afterwards and the fact that the only country to truly benefit in the
    region has been Israel. In fact, once they (we- hence the “documents”) topple Saudis Arabia the racist bigoted, zionist dream of of a Jewish only empire from sea to sea can be created.

    • How true, all these points.
      But IMO Saudi Arabia is a bit down on Israel’s wishlist, because at the moment Israel/Mossad and Army are quite busy (for about 25 years now) to get Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria (ISIS) down and when their back is free, they can concentrate more on Egypt and Libya.

      In the meantime they direct US direction Eastern Europe to begin taking over country Ukraine, coordinated by Mrs. Victoria Nuland with her beloved husband) (finally a country for themselves?) and with full support of Mr. Biden and Obama plus US ambassador for the UN democrat and warmonger Mrs. Power, a person who knows everything about the misery of The Balkan War and its consequences from begin to end, a war started by US/NATO in the Nineteen-Ninetees. Thousands and thousands killed and murdered.

    • Great post, friend. Very well researched and all forking true!

  14. Only the Jews have the gravitas to escape investigation of this attack. Sotty Rabya is just a tool.
    The 911 Comish couldn’t pass the smell test.

  15. Most False Flags stand out like sore thumbs—-Why? Military Intelligence will always be an oxymoron

    • The big giveaway for mine, is using the same ‘actors’ on some of these false flags? I mean really? WTF! How people can keep ignoring these things totally blows me away. Are they testing to see how stupid we really are? Well it at least goes to show the percentage of ignorance in the world. They see it happening, see the evidence, and still fail to SEE IT. Im afraid the NWO will get what they want in the end because we stand alone and isolated most of the time. Even our friends and family laugh at us when showing them the evidence

  16. This sounds to be at least a fairer show trial, with Defense council active, than what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got. When the justice system fails the last protection of the people from the excesses of the state are removed and a devolution to some form of police state is assured.

  17. Hasn’t this be done for the national security of the United States?
    And as far as I have been informed by the MainStreamMedia through times which tell us everytime over and overd again that the United States is District Columbia with capital city Washington?

  18. Yes I heard of it. The democratic United States of America ceased to exist at 1863 carried out by your military. One calls it quite simple a coup.
    Since 1863, believe it or not, the American People are living under marshal law.

    Amen.

  19. Building 7 makes this article moot (worthless). Western nations that accepted a form of capitalism with a concentrated ownership of the means of creation of money for corrupt purposes, have been playing the “useful idiot” for centuries. This corruption has captured most of the world, for those who participate are playing a game they cannot win or succeed in. Until money is used only as a means of facilitation the movement of goods and services, owned by the masses, the global security system will continue to become more oppressive with even more outrageous acts against mankind until the system is locked down (solidified). The money fabricators can pull the supply in any time they wish, to anyone or group they wish. Any group outside of those that control the creation/destruction of money/credit that think they are safe are dead wrong.

  20. Building 7 makes this article moot (worthless). Western nations that accepted a form of capitalism with a concentrated ownership of the means of creation of money for corrupt purposes, have been playing the “useful idiot” for centuries. This corruption has captured most of the world, playing a game they cannot win or succeed in unless they play by their owner’s rules. Until money is used only as a means of facilitation the movement of goods and services, owned by the masses, the global security system will continue to become more oppressive with even more outrageous acts against mankind until the system is locked down (solidified). The money fabricators can pull the supply in any time they wish, to anyone or group they wish. Any group outside of those that control the creation/destruction of money/credit that think they are safe are dead wrong.

  21. The mossad (12 dancing isrealis on the van) doesn’t want anyone thinking they were/are complicit. Evidence – send it to China – right Rudy ‘they told us the building was coming down’ Guilliani.

  22. “Nothing to see here, folks. Let’s just move along….Islamic ‘terrists!’ did 9/11. That’s ALL you need to know…….”

  23. USA is a De Mock Rat state
    The Pentagon and Mossad planned and executed the 911 attack
    They killed their own citizens and the evidence is beyond imagination
    The recent hype of threats from Russia and China is a desperate attempts to keep the flag waving under the spell of fears, that they need Pentagon to protect them. followed by the 28 pages comedy congress approved is a laughing stoke the world over.
    US establishment now operates like a mafia corporation, Pentagon get $1.2 T a year a third of US GDP,
    When a DoD and all of its branches get that much of money each year it is too big of a corporation to fail or jail and they won’t abandon their quest skinning the tax payer for their greed and permanent state of wars.
    In other words USA is doomed to implode therefore; a war with China / Russia or both is a better direction than implosion knowing full well that the MAD mutual agreed destruction is inevitable.
    The world is witnessing arrogance and exceptional-ism and on your face lies on the record all over youtube.

  24. USA is a De Mock Rat state

    The Pentagon and Mossad planned and executed the 911 attack.

    They killed their own citizens and the evidence; is beyond any doubt..

    The recent hype of threats from Russia and China is a desperate attempts to keep the flag waving under the spell of fears, that they need Pentagon protection . followed by the 28 pages comedy congress approved, is a laughing stoke the world over.

    US establishment now operates like a mafia corporation, Pentagon get $1.2 T a year a third of US GDP,

    When a DoD and all of its branches get that much of money each year it is too big of a corporation to fail or jail and they won’t abandon their quest skinning the tax payer for their greed and permanent state of wars.

    In other words USA is doomed to implode therefore; a war with China / Russia or both is a better direction than implosion knowing full well that the MAD mutual agreed destruction is inevitable.

    The world is witnessing arrogance and exceptional-ism and on your face lies on the record all over youtube. “wot r u gonna do abawtit”. “the flag waving sheeps are behind us”.

    When 650 congressmen acts like a dim / half-wit with regard to 911 attack, is a real telling they are either blackmailed, threatened or collectively plain stupid which is impossible

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