9/11 families prepare for Guantanamo arraignment




NEW YORK (AP) — Relatives of Sept. 11 attack victims are arriving at an Army base in New York City to watch via closed-circuit TV as the self-proclaimed attacks mastermind and four co-defendants are arraigned in Cuba.

Fort Hamilton in New York City is one of four bases that will broadcast Saturday morning’s arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others. Of the four bases, only Fort Meade in Maryland is open to the public.

Mohammed and the others are expected to be arraigned on charges that include terrorism and murder. They could get the death penalty if convicted in the attacks that sent hijacked airliners slamming into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. The trial is probably at least a year away.