‘I’: Groin searches at Gitmo are of sexual harassment, 9/11 plotters say

A U.S. service member stands in the turret of a vehicle with a machine gun, left, as a guard looks out from a tower at the detention facility of Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. Naval base in Cuba, March 30, 2010.

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Guantanamo detainees linked to the 9/11 attacks have accused the prison guard force of sexual harassment for the conduct of so-called “groin searches.”

“We are under sexual harassment today for the search the fact that here,” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, said in broken English, on Monday, prior to a war seat, the Miami Herald reported.

Four other alleged co-conspirators parroted Mohammed’s allegations of sexual harassment, with Ramzi bin al-Shibh, an alleged deputy of the attacks, calling the search a “sexual harassment.”

The men are currently being held at Guantanamo, Camp 7, a secretive site for high value detainees. But despite the secrecy, the prisoners are given limited access to satellite news networks to make them aware of the changing attitudes towards sexual harassment in the US

They voluntarily participated in the first session of a seven-day pro forma sessions and were reminded by the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, that they can waive their presence at any time. Alleged co-conspirator Mustafa al-Hawsawi used the privilege and asked the judge to remove him from the procedure.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Al-Qaeda mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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According to the Herald, all the five detainees are accused of helping the 19 hijackers who crashed planes in New York, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001, killing 2,976 people.

Since the charges in 2012, the district court holding pro forma session.

Prosecutor Bob Swann told the court that the prison had chosen Monday to implement procedures that allow physical groin searches. In the past, the military used scanners and other devices to see if prisoners from Camp 7 had something hidden in their groin.

The judge ordered the prison to have someone to court to explain the recent changes in search practices, perhaps this week. Such searches were banned in 2013, but a higher court granted physical groin searches to resume — even though most of the commanders use of wands and other devices to search the groin area.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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