A terrorism defendant facing a September trial for the conspiracy that included the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa has failed in his attempt to avoid strip searches by corrections officers that he claims trigger a post-traumatic stress response stemming from his torture at the hands of the CIA.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani has been waiving his presence at pretrial proceedings because of his objection to the search procedure at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.