1. Courtroom sketch of Salim Hamdan, former driver for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden
2. Sketch of courtroom
3. Close of clearance sticker reading: "Clearance of Sketch artist courtroom drawings." Signed by James Powell, Security Officer, Office of Military Commissions
4. Wide of journalists filming and photographing sketch on board in foyer
5. Mid pan of Chief Defence Council, Colonel Steven David and Deputy Defence Council Mike Berrigan (in suit) walking towards briefing room
6. Wide of David and Berrigan at podium inside briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Colonel Steven David, Chief Defence council:
"From 20-thousand feet, 15-thousand feet, it looks like a trial as it has all the procedural look of a trial. There are numerous issues, numerous flaws in the system and our position, my position, I think and many scholars and learned people... look we have a federal court system that is the most respected in the world, we have the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice), we have the most respected military justice system in the world, we are the model for other countries and yet we invent a commission system to try these detainees based on the premise that they are not subject to the US constitution - I think that has been proven incorrect, or they are housed in Guantanamo Bay and not subject to US jurisdiction."
8. Pan from reporters to David and Berrigan at microphones
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Berrigan, Deputy Defence Council:
"The government's repeated rhetoric has been; these commissions are full, open, fair and honest, but when you actually litigate, or talk to people that have been here time and time again and see what happens on a daily basis, they are not full, open, fair and honest."
10. Cutaway of reporter
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Colonel Steven David, Chief Defence Council:
"Suddenly when we decide to charge them we give them, we give them rights to council which they had not had for years and years and years. So they have been interrogated and some have been tortured, or aggressive interrogation will litigate that."
12. Cutaway of camera woman ++MUTE++
13. Prosecutor, Colonel Lawrence Morris walks up to microphone ++MUTE++
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Colonel Lawrence Morris, prosecution:
"In my opinion, they're seeing the most just war crimes trial that anybody has ever seen - with more due process, more protection for an accused person and a more sophisticated balancing of protections for an accused with the legitimate interests of the government primarily of course those being national security."
A former driver for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden knew the target of the fourth hijacked plane on September 11, a prosecutor said on Tuesday in the first United States war-crimes trial since World War II.
The prosecution argued that Guantanamo prisoner Salim Hamdan was one of bin Laden's low-level employees.
Hamdan, a Yemeni father of two, is charged with conspiracy and aiding terrorism. He could face life in prison if convicted.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Timothy Stone, told the jury of six US military officers who will decide Hamdan's guilt or innocence, that Hamdan had inside knowledge of the 2001 attacks on the United States because he overheard a conversation between bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Hamdan heard bin Laden say the plane was heading for 'the dome,' an apparent reference to the US Capitol, Stone argued.
Stone said virtually no one knew the intended target, but he said Hamdan knew.
The tribunal's chief prosecutor, Colonel Lawrence Morris, later explained that Stone was quoting Hamdan in evidence that will be presented at trial.
Morris declined to say if the 'dome' was a reference to the US Capitol or not. The plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field as passengers overcame the hijackers.
However Hamdan's defence lawyer, Harry Schneider argued Hamdan was merely a driver for bin Laden and had no significant role in al-Qaida's September 11 attacks.
Hamdan, held for nearly seven years before his trial was only a paid employee of the al-Qaida leader, a driver in the motor pool who never joined the militant group or plotted attacks on America, the defence argued.
He worked for wages because he needed to earn money, the defence said.
But prosecutors argue that as bin Laden's personal driver, he helped the al-Qaida leader evade US retribution after the September 11 attacks and transport weapons for the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Prosecutors say Hamdan had access to al-Qaida's inner circle.
Hamdan was being tried in a hilltop courthouse at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, which has been a lightning rod for criticism of the United States since early 2002, when it began housing a prison camp to hold alleged Taliban and al-Qaida fighters from the battlefields of Afghanistan.
The war crimes tribunal system has been criticised by human rights groups and defence lawyers, some of them US military officers.
Detainees have been held for years without charges.
Washington has declared them unlawful enemy combatants not entitled to the rights afforded formal prisoners of war.
Responding to the widespread criticism, Chief Prosecutor Lawrence Morris, said on Tuesday detainees were seeing "the most just war crimes trial that anyone has ever seen."
But the defence continued to attack the legality of the commissions.
"The government's repeated rhetoric has been; these commissions are full, open, fair and honest, but when you actually litigate, or talk to people who have been here time and time again and see what happens on a daily basis, they are not full, open, fair and honest," said Mike Berrigan, Deputy Defence Council.
Stone told the jury that Hamdan earned the trust of bin Laden and helped him flee after attacks on US embassies in East Africa in 1998 and the September 11 attacks.
To support that claim, prosecutors called as their first witness a US special forces soldier who described finding two surface-to-air missiles in the car Hamdan was driving when Afghan forces captured him in November 2001.
A second American military officer, identified only as 'Sergeant Major A' testified that soldiers also found in Hamdan's car an al-Qaida weapons manual and a permit with an Arabic greeting that the Taliban issued to al-Qaida members to carry weapons in Afghanistan.
An FBI agent who has researched the command structure of al-Qaida, Ali Soufan, testified that Hamdan reported for some duties to the head of a security unit equivalent to the US Secret Service.
Hamdan faces a maximum life sentence if convicted.
The trial is expected to take three to four weeks.
The US says it plans to prosecute about 80 prisoners at Guantanamo.