Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Columna. Don Arias watched the beginning of Mohammed’s trial from behind a thick pane of glass with his sister in 2009 a Bahía de Guantánamo 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, le dijo a Fox News.
“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, 'Sí, 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, Lorena, lost their brother, Adán, en 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.