Judge: no sign US eavesdropped on Cole suspect


FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A judge at Guantanamo Bay says he's seen no evidence the government eavesdropped on private conversations between the prisoner accused of orchestrating the attack on the USS Cole and his lawyers.

Army Col. James Pohl denied a defense motion Monday to halt a pretrial hearing for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (ahbd al-ruh-HEEM' al-nuh-SHEE'-ree).

Pohl called a recess so defense lawyers can decide whether to continue representing al-Nashiri despite their lingering suspicion that the CIA can monitor their privileged conversations.

The issue springs from last week's episode in another Guantanamo case in which an undisclosed government agency unilaterally silenced the courtroom loudspeakers to prevent spectators from hearing classified information. Pohl says that capability no longer exists.

The hearing in Cuba, where al-Nashiri has been held since 2006, is being fed to a viewing room at Fort Meade.

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