(CBS News) The dismissive defiance shown in the Guantanamo courtroom by confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is "classic KSM," according to CBS News senior correspondent John Miller.
"He is somebody who's got a big ego. He's a bit of a control freak," Miller said Monday on "CBS This Morning." "What you're seeing in that courtroom... he is going to continue to try to orchestrate drama throughout that trial."
The legal proceedings Saturday stretched to 13 hours as the defendants repeatedly ignored the judge and refused to answer questions.
CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford was in the Guantanamo courtroom over the weekend when the 9/11 mastermind and his co-conspirators returned to court for the first time in three years.
"All five of them were defiant. They were dismissive. They refused to answer repeated questions from the judge," Crawford said. "They wouldn't even look at the judge when he asked them questions. They looked down, flipped through magazines or even read the Koran.
Crawford described Mohammed as "..very much in control. He would turn around and whisper to the other four during the breaks as they pursued what one defense attorney said yesterday was the strategy of peaceful, as he put it, peaceful resistance."
It was a "dramatically different" courtroom scene in 2008 Crawford said.
"There were multiple outbursts, they railed against America. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said he wished to be put to death for 9/11 - that he was looking to be martyred," Crawford said. "This time they sought to disrupt these proceedings, not by through these outbursts, not by railing against America, but by silence. And in many ways... it was much more disturbing."