“Embarrassing Reversal”–9/11 Trial Shifted to Military Panel


In what McClatchy Newspapers calls an “embarrassing reversal,” Attorney General Eric Holder ordered that confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged co-plotters stand trial before a military commission at Guantanamo rather than in a civilian court. Holder blamed the decision on Congress for prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S., even for trial.

Holder said wanted to try the five in Manhattan or possibly the Otisville Federal Prison, 70 miles northwest of New York, near the Pennsylvania and New Jersey borders. The decision on the trial came one day before the House Judiciary Committee was to hold a hearing on military commissions where relatives of 9/11 victims were expected to hold up pictures of their dead loved ones to protest administration policy.

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