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Storm, train derailment lead to cancellation of 9/11 Guantanamo hearing

Most of the detainees at Guantanamo were in structures
capable of withstanding “hurricane-force winds,” according to the Miami
Herald
, and the others would be moved into locations sheltered from the
hurricane.

{mosads}The pretrial hearing for Mohammed and four others accused of
plotting the 9/11 attacks was scheduled to begin Thursday.

The hearing’s cancellation due to the storm was the second setback
for the trial at Guantanamo.

A train derailment in Maryland on Tuesday damaged
fiber-optic lines that affected Internet service at Guantanamo, which prompted
an initial delay until Thursday, according to the AP.

Beyond Guantanamo, Tropical Storm Isaac has gotten the
attention of Republican convention organizers in Tampa, Fla., although there remains
a high degree of uncertainty about the direction of the storm, which could become
a hurricane by Thursday.

The Thursday hearing was set to discuss pretrial issues in
the Mohammed case, as the actual trial is not expected to get underway until
next year at the earliest. 

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