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Defense says Cole attack mimicked a U.S. ruse

Aug. 6, 2014 - 11:24AM   |  
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FORT MEADE, MD. — 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 military judge heard arguments Wednesday at a pretrial hearing in Cuba for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

Defense lawyers say the ruse of disguising a bomb-laden boat as an innocent fishing friendly is an acceptable form of naval warfare. They showed a U.S. government video depicting plans for such a tactic during World War II.

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

Seventeen U.S. sailors died in the 2000 attack in Yemen.

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

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