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    A Panel Finds Torture Made a 9/11 Defendant Psychotic. A Judge Will Rule Whether He Can Stand Trial

    A Panel Finds Torture Made a 9/11 Defendant Psychotic. A Judge Will Rule Whether He Can Stand Trial

    — A medical panel has concluded that one of the five 9/11 defendants held at the Guantanamo Bay naval has been rendered delusional and psychotic by the torture he underwent years ago while in custody.

    The findings heighten uncertainty over whether Ramzi bin al-Shibh, who has long complained he was under attack by invisible rays at Guantanamo, will stand trial. A military judge, Col. Matthew McCall, is expected to rule as soon as Thursday whether al-Shibh's mental issues render him incompetent to take part in the proceedings against him.

    Defense lawyers argue that the best hope of al-Shibh, a Yemeni accused of organizing one cell of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, regaining competency to stand trial is a step that some Americans are likely to find distasteful: for him to be provided with post-torture trauma care and no longer subject to solitary confinement.

    Al-Shibh's newly disclosed diagnosis — post-traumatic stress disorder with secondary psychotic features — is the latest development to show how the George W. Bush administration's approval of abusive interrogation of alleged al-Qaida attackers is complicating U.S. efforts to try the men more than two decades later.

    On Wednesday, al-Shibh's lead attorney, David Bruck, told the courtroom that the diagnosis is creating “a moment of truth” and an opportunity for the country to take into account the harm that was done by allowing…

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