Lawyers to get access to secret Guantanamo camp

January 29, 2013
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In this pool photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, three of the five Sept. 11 defendants, from left, Ramzi Binalshibh, Walid bin Attash and the self-proclaimed terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, attend a hearing on pretrial motions in their death penalty case at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Two of the defendants delayed the start of the hearing Monday when they refused to respond to questions from military judge U.S. Army Col. James Pohl, second from right. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Lawyers for the five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks will get to see the section of the Guantanamo Bay prison where they have been held in near-total secrecy for more than six years.

A military judge is deciding how much access the lawyers will have to top secret Camp 7. Lawyers for the prisoners have asked for multiple 48-hour visits to evaluate conditions.

But a military prosecutor says the judge should limit any visit. Army Maj. Robert McGovern said at a hearing Tuesday that a 48-hour visit could compromise security.

Camp 7 opened in September 2006 to hold men held in CIA jails overseas. Two lawyers had a brief visit in 2008 but otherwise it's been off-limits. Its location on the U.S. base in Cuba is classified.