Scott Fenstermaker, the lawyer for accused terrorist Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, said the men would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks but "would explain what happened and why they did it."They're going to put the US on trial.
The U.S. Justice Department announced earlier this month that Ali and four other men accused of murdering nearly 3,000 people in the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. will face a civilian federal trial just blocks from the site of the destroyed World Trade Center.
Ali, also known as Ammar al-Baluchi, is a nephew of professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Mohammed, Ali and the others will explain "their assessment of American foreign policy," Fenstermaker said.
"Their assessment is negative," he said.
That's their intention, and they will get the platform to do so with a media that is more than willing to rail once again the Bush Administration.
It will be up to the judge to keep the trial focused on the actions of the terrorists, not on the US.
For those who think that the terrorists suddenly started attacking the US on 9/11 and thereafter (when the US finally started fighting back), al Qaeda and its jihadist movement have been busy attacking the US for years - from before 1993 WTC attack in fact.
Al Qaeda declared war on the US in 1998, well before President Bush took over; and it was carrying out plans to attack US facilities and institutions well before the controversial 2000 elections.
The lawyers for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will try to obfuscate and evade culpability and responsibility for their own actions by claiming that they were somehow forced to do so because of US support for Israel or other "evil" parties in the Middle East and around the world. It will be an attempt to blame the US for the attacks.