Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Don Arias – whose brother Adam died in the World Trade Center terror attack — had a meeting with defense attorneys for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and says four co-defendants left in disgust.
"[We saw] first-hand what kind of people they are, like this David Nevin, who said he loved his job,'' Arias told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"I've come to learn and believe deep in my heart that David Nevin and his ilk are not trying the trial, they're fighting the forum. They want to discredit, they want to make the military tribunals look inept, and they're doing a good job of it.
"They're the bad guys down there, and they know it. They're in an indefensible position, really, and they're having image problems, so they wanted to meet 9/11 families to educate us. Hey, we feel your pain," he said Monday.
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The case is now in its 10th round of pretrial hearings about two years after the five suspects were arraigned on charges of terrorism and the murder of nearly 3,000 people.
The trial, which was to begin jury selection at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in early 2015, may be put off even farther because of an investigation into a leak of classified CIA evidence to reporters.
"We did suspect that it was some sort of orchestrated snafu, and why wouldn't we think that? I mean, given recent scandals like the Obamacare lie of the year, [the] IRS targeting, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, all these other things," Arias said.
"Our distrust of the government bubbled to the top right away. Some of us suspected high-level sabotage was taking place . . . some sort of high-level White House kind of plot thing . . . [But] it’s a dirty trick by the defense."
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