9/11 Victims' Families Watch Hearings in Cuba

The hearings began Monday

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    Military installations in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland are welcoming families of 9/11 victims this week to watch pretrial hearings in Cuba for five men charged in the terrorist attacks.

    Seven family members were viewing the Guantanamo proceedings Monday via closed-circuit television at Fort Hamilton, a U.S. Army base in Brooklyn.

    The hearings are closed to the public, but relatives who register in advance can watch.

    The suspects on trial before the military commission include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    An earlier round of hearings in May was also transmitted to viewing locations for relatives of the victims, survivors of the attacks, and emergency personnel who responded to the disaster.

    Those proceedings were an exercise in frustration for some viewers, as the suspects refused to cooperate with the court, or interrupted proceedings to kneel in prayer.

    "It's difficult for the families. But it is 10 years later, and we have no justice," said Jim Riches, whose firefighter son, Jimmy, died at the World Trade Center. "I just wish it was being broadcast throughout the whole world so everyone could see it, and could see what these guys are like."

    The nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks each have many relatives who could see the trial, but attendance at the first round of hearings last spring was light, with only a few dozen people at each site.

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