FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Spectators are watching the arraignment of the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks in a movie theater at Fort Meade in Maryland.

John Mackleer, a longtime Philadelphia firefighter, took the day off to watch Saturday. The 68-year-old says he didn’t know any firefighters killed on 9/11, but he knew people who helped with the cleanup.

Mackleer says he objects to concessions made to the defendants, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He objected to allowing the defendants time for prayer and to suggestions that women prosecutors should consider the defendants’ religion when dressing.

About 80 spectators watched the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hearing from Fort Meade.

It was also shown at bases in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts for victims’ families. Fort Meade was the only site open to the public.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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