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.