Majid Khan, appearing before a military commission for the first time in more than four years, apologized Wednesday to the families of victims of his crimes, calling his actions as an al-Qaida operative "grotesque and pernicious."
The former Baltimore County man, a native of Pakistan, spoke in imperfect English.
"If it's any consolation I would like to sincerely apologize to the family that I've either mentally or physically caused pain," he told Col. Tara Osborn, the officer who presided over the hearing. "I don't get to come to court as often as possible. ... I'm using this opportunity to show some kind of compunction or regret."