Defense says Cole attack mimicked a US ruse


FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Lawyers for a Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of orchestrating the deadly bombing of the USS Cole are asking a judge to dismiss six of the 11 counts because of what they call U.S. hypocrisy.

A judge is hearing arguments Wednesday at a pretrial hearing in Cuba for Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri (ahbd al-ruh-HEEM' al-nuh-SHEE'-ree).

Defense lawyers contend that the ruse of disguising an enemy watercraft as a friendly vessel is an acceptable form of naval warfare that even the United States employed during World War II.

Prosecutors counter that such an argument has been universally rejected as a criminal defense.

Seventeen U.S. sailors died and dozens were wounded in the 2000 attack in Yemen.

The hearing is being shown in a video feed at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

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