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.