Storm, train derailment lead to cancellation of 9/11 Guantanamo hearing

Most of the detainees at Guantanamo were in structures capable of withstanding “hurricane-force winds,” according to the Miami Herald, and the others would be moved into locations sheltered from the hurricane.

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The pretrial hearing for Mohammed and four others accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks was scheduled to begin Thursday.

The hearing’s cancellation due to the storm was the second setback for the trial at Guantanamo.

A train derailment in Maryland on Tuesday damaged fiber-optic lines that affected Internet service at Guantanamo, which prompted an initial delay until Thursday, according to the AP.

Beyond Guantanamo, Tropical Storm Isaac has gotten the attention of Republican convention organizers in Tampa, Fla., although there remains a high degree of uncertainty about the direction of the storm, which could become a hurricane by Thursday.

The Thursday hearing was set to discuss pretrial issues in the Mohammed case, as the actual trial is not expected to get underway until next year at the earliest.