Five defendants at Gitmo have been given copies of DiFi's 500-plus page report on EITs to review in their cells, while a US military prosecutor predicted the findings will make the trial more transparent.
The lead defendant and suspected mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, was waterboarded 183 times though as learned last night on the Kelly File, the report counts each time water was poured, even though a session was actually the length of time he was on the board. KSM and the others were were also subjected to sleep deprivation, beatings, and being chained naked in their cells.
Army Brigadier General Mark Martins, the chief prosecutor, acknowledged that last week's release of the torture report gives the defense the advantage of seeing their long-running complaints about interrogations at CIA detention sites officially documented.
General Martins said it "increases the likelihood that more of the processes [in the case] will be open to the public and assures the accused will be able see and consult with defence counsel about certain information not previously available to them".
As frustrations mount about the delays in the military tribunal system, General Martins insisted the case will move forward. Although they are far from reaching a trial date, he said the prosecution team is committed "for however long this takes".