Tech fixes may keep Guantanamo 9/11 trial on track

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba The Pentagon's chief technology officer says his office can resolve computer issues that threaten to derail the military trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Ronald Bechtold told a military court Friday that defense concerns can be addressed with what he called "relatively low cost" solutions.

Defense lawyers have asked to put the long-stalled case on hold because they don't trust the Pentagon computer network to protect confidential work. They say data has been lost, emails have gone astray and their work has been monitored as they prepare a defense for the men charged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Bechtold offered measures that include encryption and segregating the defense teams' server. It's not clear when the judge will rule on the requested postponement.


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