A Seton Hall student went to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to observe the pretrial hearings for accused 9/11 attack plotters including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others, according to a recent report.
Jason Stern, 26, a Newark resident and Seton Hall University School of Law student is participating in a program at the college that considers the legal proceedings surrounding detainees, among other issues, northjersey.com reported.
The University's Center for Policy and Research organized the trip in which Stern will travel to the detention facility, observe the proceedings and write up reports which will later be published.
"I think this is a unique opportunity for me to bring back my findings to the general public," Stern told northjersey.com. "I think as lawyers we owe it to people to not only seek the truth but bring the truth to the American public. And I think that's probably a primary responsibility I have during this trip, to make sure I'm accurately portraying what's going on and I'm digesting it and offering it to people in a meaningful way."
Students have been traveling there for about five days at a time for the past two years, said law professor and director Mark Denbeaux.
"The center's purpose is to read and analyze documents to determine and sift through facts to find patterns,” he said.
Stern is finishing a project that has uncovered 31 identified countries who are participating in the global war on terror.
"He's discovered as many as half the countries who are allies on the global war on terror are anonymous because of their own choice," said Denbeaux.
So far, Stern has detailed his plane trip packed with the families of 9/11 victims, military personnel and journalists.
Stern has provided few details and said that a trial date has not yet been set.