Victims' Families Invited to Watch 9/11 Hearings

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The families of those killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have been invited to military installations in four states to watch pretrial hearings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five men charged with assisting and taking part in the attacks, according to The Pioneer Press.

The hearings, which begin Monday, are typically closed to public viewing, but relatives of victims who registered in advance can watch via closed-circuit television cables in forts in New York, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Of those on-trial in the hearings includes the "self-proclaimed mastermind of the attacks," Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

In May, earlier rounds of hearings took place and was transmitted to viewing locations for relatives of victims and survivors. The proceedings were a frustration to many, as the suspects refused to cooperate with the court and often knelt in prayer, interrupting the proceedings.

One of those interviewed in the article, Jim Riches - whose firefighter son died at the World Trade Center, expressed that he wished the trials could be broadcast for the whole world to see so that "everyone could see what these guys are like."

Only a few dozen people viewed the initial trials in May. A large crowd is not expected for the proceedings Monday either.

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