9/11 family that watched Khalid Sheik Mohammad trial in 2009 at Guantanamo Bay hopes for verdict

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Don Arias watched the beginning of Mohammed’s trial from behind a thick pane of glass with his sister in 2009 at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. He remembers attorneys arguing over whether the accused terrorist received the cushion he requested for a bus ride from prison to the courthouse, he told Fox News.

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“They started arguing about a cushion,” Arias recalled. “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s lawyer said that he had asked for a cushion for the van ride from the detention center to the courtroom, and he had not received that question. The government said, ‘Yes, he had been provided a cushion,’ and then they went back and forth arguing about a cushion for the van ride. And my sister looks at me and says, ‘3,000 people dead, and they’re arguing about a cushion.’ And she got up and walked out.”

Arias and his sister, Lorraine, lost their brother, Adam, on 9/11, when he died trying to help people out of the World Trade Center’s south tower, where he worked on the 84th floor. Lorraine has also since died of COVID-19. Mohammed has survived both siblings.

USAF Ret. Lt. Col. Don Arias and his sister, Lorraine, lost their brother, Adam, on 9/11, when he died trying to help people out of the World Trade Center's South Tower, where he worked on the 84th floor at the time. (Credit: Don Arias)

USAF Ret. Lt. Col. Don Arias and his sister, Lorraine, lost their brother, Adam, on 9/11, when he died trying to help people out of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, where he worked on the 84th floor at the time. (Credit: Don Arias)

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