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Guantanamo's 9/11 Defendants Still Haven't Been Put on Trial

Reasons for the delayed trial include members of the U.S. military failing to agree on a start date

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    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump joined Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the Pentagon on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Trump, a native New Yorker, spoke out against the "savage killers" who perpetuated the attacks, saying "America cannot be intimidated." (Published Monday, Sept. 11, 2017)

    It's been 16 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people, yet five accused terrorists are still sitting in a high-security prison in Guantanamo Bay waiting to be brought to trial, NBC News reported.

    A new, $12 million legal complex was built in 2007 to be used for the trial. But it still hasn't happened, and the bill to the U.S. taxpayer has reached an estimated $300 million.

    "The fact we haven't tried the 9/11 conspirators, who have been in U.S. custody for over a dozen years, continues to do great harm to the victims of 9/11, both those affected directly by the attack and the greater American public as well," said Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School in New York.

    Reasons for the delayed trial include members of the U.S. military failing to agree on a start date, as well as another trial for defendants in the 2000 USS Cole bombing also needing to take place.

    9/11 Victims Remembered at Memorials in 2016

    [NATL-NY] 9/11 Victims Remembered at Memorials Across Tri-State, in DC and Shanksville in 2016

    More than 1,000 people gathered at Ground Zero for a remembrance ceremony in honor of the victims killed 15 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. Loved ones read the names of each person killed in the attacks, many holding back tears as they talked about those who died. At the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., a U.S. flag was unfurled on the side of the building and President Barack Obama participated in a ceremony where he helped place a wreath at the site. Hundreds gathered in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, for a ceremony honoring the 40 passengers and crew members who died there.

    (Published Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016)