The five Sept. 11 defendants, back row from left, Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi, Ammar al Baluchi, Ramzi Binalshibh, Walid bin Attash and the self-proclaimed terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, attend a hearing on pretrial motions in their death penalty case at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba on Jan. 28. (Janet Hamlin, Pool / AP)
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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Lawyers for the five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks will get to see the section of the Guantanamo Bay prison where they have been held in near-total secrecy for more than six years.
A military judge is deciding how much access the lawyers will have to top secret Camp 7. Lawyers for the prisoners have asked for multiple 48-hour visits to evaluate conditions.
But a military prosecutor says the judge should limit any visit. Army Maj. Robert McGovern said at a hearing Tuesday that a 48-hour visit could compromise security.
Camp 7 opened in September 2006 to hold men held in CIA jails overseas. Two lawyers had a brief visit in 2008 but otherwise it's been off-limits. Its location on the U.S. base in Cuba is classified.