Accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed used his first day in court to intimidate his co-defendants into refusing their right to counsel, a lawyer involved in the proceedings said Thursday. Maj. Jon Johnson was one of several attorneys who appeared before a military judge Thursday to represent five al Qaeda operatives accused in the September 11 attacks. By the end of the 10-hour arraignment, Mohammed and co-defendant Ramzi bin al-Shibh had informed the judge that they wished to die as martyrs, and all five men had refused their right to counsel, saying that they recognized only Sharia, or Islamic law. Johnson said his client, Mustafa al Hawsawi, did not decline representation by choice but by force."The only thing I'm privy to say is Khalid Sheikh Mohammad saying, 'What? Are you in the American army now?' " Johnson said after the arraignment. "It was clear that Mr. Mohammed was attempting to intimidate Mr. al Hawsawi into not accepting me as counsel," said Johnson, whose client is accused of helping finance the attacks. Johnson said Mohammed's comments undermined his efforts to build a relationship with his client, a task that he and other defense lawyers have described as difficult to begin with. It was the first time reporters were able to see the al Qaeda suspects, who were all in the same room for the first time since their arrests in 2002 and 2003. Watch how the defendants surprised the judge. Mohammed and another defendant, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, both accused their captors of torturing them while in American custody. When Kohlmann explained to Aziz Ali that he would have free representation, Aziz Ali responded, "For five years, the torture was free of charge, too."For five years they torture. After the torture, they transfer to us to Inquisitionland in Guantanamo," Mohammed told the court. Mohammed and bin al-Shibh, who is accused of helping coordinate the attacks, told Kohlmann that they want to die as martyrs. "If I'm killed, I will be killed for the sake of God," bin al-Shibh said. "I've been seeking to be a martyr for years."The judge asked Mohammed numerous times whether he understood that he faces the death penalty. "That is what I wish. I wish to be martyred," he said.