On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert revealed that some external agency is controlling the media’s access to information at the military tribunal of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001.
Colbert opened the segment on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s trial by pointing out that the so-called “War on Terror” is now 12 years old, “which explains why it’s into remote control planes,” he quipped.
At the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a special military tribunal is underway for Mohammed, one that Colbert said was “designed by President Bush, implemented by President Barack Obama and inspired by President Kafka.”
The media are only allowed access to view the trial through a soundproof glass wall. Audio comes to them on a 40 second delay, unless it is muted altogether for reasons of national security. When the delay in functioning, a red light on the judge’s desk spins like an old-fashioned light on top of a fire engine.
On January 28, in the middle of testimony, the light began to spin and the sound went out to journalists, but no one in the courtroom was controlling it. The flustered judge, Col. James Pohl said, “Note for the record that the 40 second delay was initiated, not by me. If some external body is turning things off, if someone is turning the commissions off under their own view of what things ought to be, with no reason or explanation, then we are going to have a little meeting about who turns that light on or off.”
“And while you’re having that little meeting about the light,” said Colbert, “find out who put the dimmer on Hebeas Corpus.”
A prosecuting attorney told the judge that she could tell him who was controlling the light and sound, “But not in open session.”
Colbert said he’d like to hazard a guess before flashing an image of the “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle board, which spelled out “CEN RAL IN ELLI ENCE A ENCY.”
Watch the video, embedded below via Comedy Central: