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Chief prosecutor Brig. Gen. Mark Martins defended the military commissions system, comparing the hearing to one comparable under federal civilian court.

During the hearing this week, chief judge Army Col. James Pohl ruled on fewer than one-fourth of the motions. The next hearing for Al Nashiri is scheduled for the end of October.

As far as the families and survivors are concerned, the procedural issues are necessary to get to a trial date, but they are still frustrated by the legal process.

“I heard a lot of things about Nashiri’s rights,” Joe Pelley, a senior chief petty officer who survived the attack.

“Personally I don’t care about his rights, because he didn’t care about our rights. … He didn’t care that he masterminded this whole operation to blow up, in my opinion, innocent people.”