The five detainees at Guantánamo Bay charged with planning the September 11,2001,terrorist attacks have filed a document with the military commission at the United States naval base there expressing pride at their accomplishment and accepting full responsibility for the killing of nearly 3,000 people.
The document,which may be released publicly on Tuesday,uses the Arabic term for a consultative assembly in describing the five men as the 9/11 Shura Council, and it says their actions were an offering to God,according to excerpts of the document that were read to a reporter by a government official.
The document is titled The Islamic Response to the Governments Nine Accusations, the military judge at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp said in a separate filing,obtained by The New York Times,that describes the detainees document. The document was filed on behalf of the five men,including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed,who has described himself as the mastermind of the September 11 attacks.
President Obama halted the military proceedings at Guantánamo in the first days after his inauguration,and the five mens case is on hiatus until the government decides how it will proceed.
Several of the men have earlier said in military commission proceedings at Guantánamo that they planned the 2001 attacks and that they sought martyrdom. The strategic goal of the five men in making the new filing,which reached the military court on March 5,was not clear.