The alleged Al Qaeda prisoners including suspected 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed , are appearing before a military commission in Guantanomo Bay. The unique commission system has been controversial as some have called on the suspects to be tried in federal courts or the existing military justice system. While speaking recently at his Alma matter, Marquette University, Chief Prosecutor Lawrence Morris says this case is different because it deals with war crimes. He loosely references an FDR-era Supreme Court unanimous ruling on the constitutionality of a military commission system.
The public is not allowed to view the proceeding which has been another source of criticism. Army Colonel Morris says the confidentiality is necessary to present classified information during the trial as well as protects testifying sources both foreign governments and individuals.
Defense attorneys have asked for a delay in the proceedings saying they've not had enough time with their clients since charges were announced in May.