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Sept. 11 Trial Set to Have More Chaos Than Justice

May 8 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Brigadier General Mark Martins is an honorable man with an impossible job: Convicting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his associates of the Sept. 11 attacks without making it look like a show trial.

The arraignment on May 5 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had all the hallmarks of a disaster in the making. The defendants refused to cooperate or even acknowledge the authority of the court. The prosecution and, for a time, the judge appeared willing to suppress the defense’s efforts to bring up the waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques used against some of the defendants. Above all this loomed the greatest challenge to the legitimacy of the tribunal: No one, inside the room or outside, thinks there is any chance that Mohammed will not end up executed.