The argument is the judge doesn’t want to be on the same boat with other people involved with the trials. Last time I checked one could secure a separate area while making sure they can’t be approached or hear other conversations. Or perhaps during the boat there’s a rule prohibiting all talking in general.
Instead, the trials come to a halt. Our problems will get only more serious if we allow this sort of nonsense to continue.
Military trials for the 9/11 masterminds, including lead terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, have been indefinitely frozen after U.S. military officials overseeing the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base rejected demands by the case’s judge that he be provided a private speed boat for travel across the island.
Army Col. James Pohl, the military judge overseeing the long running pre-trial hearings for the alleged 9/11 masterminds, canceled upcoming hearings in the case after Gitmo prison commanders declined to provide him with a separate speed boat to enable his secluded travel across the island, according to court documents first reported by the Miami Herald.
Court hearings over the USS Cole terror bombing also have been halted for similar reasons.
The judges in both cases maintain that they need these private boats in order to avoid co-mingling with prosecutors, lawyers, and families of the 9/11 victims.