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Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, salmonella and Greek suicide: Morning roundup

The United States on Wednesday filed charges against Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


At left, Khalid Sheik Mohammed in March 2003, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. At right, a photo purporting to show Mohammed in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP)
If convicted, the men “could be sentenced to death” for the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, the Defense Department said in a statement.

Wednesday’s action is not the first time charges were filed. The military initially charged Mohammed in 2008, but the U.S. decided he should be tried in civilian court, as part of an effort to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. But the government reversed its stance in April 2011. Mohammed and the others are due to appear before a military court within 30 days.

Enhanced interrogation

Although military tribunals have been amended, human rights groups say the system that will try Khalid Sheik Mohammed remains unfair. The juries and judges at military tribunals are all military officers, and rules prevent a public discussion of enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, a technique used on Mohammed. (Human Rights First)

Newly obtained documents show that Philip Zelikow, a former top adviser to the Bush administration, told the Bush team in 2006 that its use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading” interrogation techniques such as waterboarding were “a felony war crime.” (Wired)

Greek suicide

Anti-austerity protests have followed the public suicide of an elderly retired pharmacist in Greece. More than 1,500 people gathered at the spot of the suicide, where the pharmacist left a note slamming politicians over the financial crisis. (Associated Press)

Greece extended its deadline for investors Thursday to voluntarily swap bonds, in an exchange that would complete the biggest debt writedown in history. The swap is intended to help ease Greece’s debt problem. (AP)

Salmonella

A salmonella outbreak in 19 states and the District is being investigated. The outbreak has so far been linked to both sushi and turtles. More than 90 people have been sickened, according to authorities. (CNN/AP)

New study says ammonia is in many other food products. Ammonia, an ingredient in the controversial “pink slime” beef, is used to kill harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. coli in many other foods, such as cheese. (Reuters)

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