Saturday, January 30, 2010

Guantanamo's 'Camp Justice' is ready for trials to start

Camp Justice in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is ready, willing and able to handle more terror trials.

Three al Qaeda terrorists, including Osama bin Laden's chauffeur, have already been convicted in Gitmo military tribunals and the base has a brand-new courtroom perfect for the upcoming trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and company.

Although Camp Justice was built on the "cheap" in 2007, at about $12 million, and meant to be temporary, it meets all the security-concerns for such a high-profile trial.

Besides being on a military-controlled facility ringed by razor wire and armed patrols, there are metal and chemical detectors at all entrances to the courtroom.

Its most innovative feature is a soundproof, glassed-in spectator galley. The speakers relaying courtroom testimony to the galley operate on a 20-second delay; monitors can cut off the sound if classified intelligence is discussed.

Inside the courtroom, there is a wiring system inspired by the United Nations that will let interpreters speak five different languages.

Ten cameras are in place to record all proceedings while keeping an eye on security.