FORT MEADE, Md. — A jihadist charged in the deaths of 2,976 innocents on 9/11 threw a hissy fit in court Tuesday — over lunch food.
Ramzi Binalshibh had a meltdown because he believed the U.S. military withheld olives and honey from his meal.
He was the only one of five defendants who bothered to show up for Tuesday’s pretrial hearing — but he did not last the afternoon.
“There are big problems with the food that was provided,” Binalshibh angrily told the judge, Army Col. James Pohl, through a translator.
“It is a form of psychological torture,” he growled.
Binalshibh made the complaint to explain why he did not want to attend the afternoon session on the second day of a week-long pretrial hearing in the 9/11 terror case.
Navy Capt. Robert Durand, a spokesman at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the 9/11 defendants are being held, said Binalshibh received a “freshly prepared standard detainee halal meal” but “complained that his lunch did not include condiments such as olives and honey.”
After his rant, Binalshibh waived his right to be in court and left to join self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and three other co-defendants in their prison cells.
Binalshibh provided the 9/11 attackers with money and help in finding flight training.
Binalshibh made the complaint to explain why he did not want to attend a session on the second day of a pretrial hearing in the 9/11 case.
He was supposed to be one of the 9/11 hijackers himself, on orders from Osama Bin Laden, but assumed a supporting role after he was denied a U.S. visa four times, authorities alleged.
He faces the death penalty if convicted.
The whiny jihadist and his co-defendants have staged courtroom stunts before, beginning with their circus-like arraignment in May 2012, when Binalshibh stood in open court to pray despite scheduled breaks for that purpose.
Binalshibh also has alleged mistreatment by prison guards, yelling at one point, that “Maybe they are going to kill us and say that we are committing suicide.”
Durand, the Gitmo spokesman, did not reveal what was served for lunch at the court complex Tuesday, but he said a typical halal detainee meal usually includes a lamb, chicken or beef entrée, with rice, beans, chickpeas, hummus, pita bread, fruit and salad.
Binalshibh also alleged that the military withheld honey from his meal.
Binalshibh’s defense lawyer, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Bogucki, attributed Binalshibh’s outburst Tuesday to simmering resentment of guards.
The Al Qaeda terrorist claims that military guards torment him with “intentional exposure to sounds and vibrations,” in his jail cell, Bogucki told the judge.
The lawyer asserted Binalshibh does not suffer from a delusional disorder — despite reports that he has been treated for schizophrenia.
Video feeds of the Guantanamo court proceedings were shown at Fort Meade — and at other military bases stateside — to the media, relatives of 9/11 victims, and 9/11 first responders.