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U.S.S. Cole terror suspect appears in court

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - An alleged Al-Qaeda member faces a judge at the U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo.

Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri is accused of being the mastermind behind the deadly attack on the U.S.S. Cole in 2000.

In court, he postponed entering a plea and waived the reading of war crimes charges.

A Mechanicsville man, whose son died on the U.S.S. Cole, talked about what it was like to see the man blamed for his son's death.

"I thought I would be all upset and everything at seeing this guy," said John Clodfelter, "but he seemed to be just a pitiful character right now."

After the proceedings, Defense Attorney Richard Kammen tried to discredit the process, saying it will deliver a result that is "unreliable."

Lawyers on both side say it could take years before the trial moves forward.

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