The alleged mastermind of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks -- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- has told a military judge at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that he wants the death penalty so he could become a "martyr."
During a hearing on Thursday, Mohammed chanted from the Koran, called the process an "inquisition," and rejected his military and civilian legal team and said he would defend himself.
He was being arraigned with four alleged co-conspirators to hear charges against them for the attacks that killed nearly three-thousand people. They face execution if convicted.
The charges include murder, conspiracy and terrorism.
This is the first time members of the public have seen the men. Reporters, lawyers and human rights activists were allowed to watch the hearing, but no picture-taking or recording was allowed.
Mohammed told the hearing he was tortured while in custody. The CIA has admitted it used harsh techniques on him, including waterboarding, which simulates the sensation of drowning and has, in the past, been considered torture by the U.S. government.