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Guantanamo Bay, torture and the long road to a 9/11 trial

Pretrial hearings are underway at Guantanamo Bay for the death penalty trial against the accused plotters of the Sept. 11 attacks. Today on Front Burner, longtime national security reporter Michelle Shephard explains its legal and logistical challenges.
This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military, shows an US soldier walking next to the razor wire-topped fence at the abandoned "Camp X-Ray" detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images) (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)
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It's been almost 20 years since four jets were hijacked mid-air and crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, the Pentagon in D.C., and a field near Shanksville, Penn., killing nearly 3,000 people. Pretrials have begun, and a full trial date for the surviving alleged plotters of the attack is set for January 2021, at Guantanamo Bay. But the legal case — and the logistics of holding it at the notorious U.S. military base — are complicated. Today on Front Burner, longtime national security reporter Michelle Shephard discusses the preparations for what could be the trial of the century.

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