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Pentagon Refiles Charges Against 9/11 Suspects: Sets Stage for Military Trial

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration appears to be paving the way to prosecute 9/11 suspected terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others in a military tribunal.

CNN reported that the Defense Department on  Tuesday  refiled charges against the men so they can be prosecuted in a military court in the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval base.

The Justice Department had initially announced plans to prosecute the men in U.S. District Court in New York. But the powerful opposition forced the administration to shift gears.

Besides Mohammed, the other suspects included: Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi. All five are at Guantanamo.

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Obama Admin. To Prosecute 9/11’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in Military Trial

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — In an about face — that appeared over time to be more and more likely of a possibility — the  Obama administration has decided to prosecute self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in a military commission at Guantanamo Bay instead of a civilian court in New York, CBS News reported.

The network reported that Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. will make the announcement Monday afternoon.

Holder originally announced in 2009 that Mohammed would be tried in U.S. District Court in New York. But conservatives on Capitol Hill opposed it and pushed for a military trial.

Eventually, the idea even lost the support of N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who cited numerous problems that a trial of that magnitude would pose to the Big Apple.

Mohammad’s most recognizable picture became the one where he was having an extremely bad hair day (to the right).

Sen. Graham Doubts 9/11 Suspects Will be Tried in Civilian Court

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The chances of the suspected 9/11 conspirators facing a trial in a civilian court seems to be getting slimmer.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday he probably has the votes in the Senate to block a civilian trial for alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others, the Associated Press reported.

Graham said on Fox News that the alleged conspirators should be tried in a military court at Gitmo, AP reported.

The Justice Department was gung-ho about prosecuting the case in federal court in New York. But the backlash has been so strong, it seems to be rethinking its stance.

To date, it appears it’s unlikely the case will end up in civilian court.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Says “Close to Decision” on 9/11 Trial

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Here’s a controversial issue that won’t go away: Where to hold the 9/11 trial.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr., who has often been treated like a pinata by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary when confronted about the issue, says the government is “close to a decision” on how to try Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his fellow co-defendants, the New York Daily News reported.

“We have been working on it, and I think we’re close to a decision,” Holder told reporters.

The Daily News reported that Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said: “I urge Attorney General Holder not to hold any 9/11 trials in New York or anywhere in the U.S,”

“The trial should not and will not be in New York,” added Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the News reported.

Bush Memoir Says He Personally Gave CIA Go Ahead to Waterboard

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Bush writes in his about to be released memoir that he personally gave the go ahead to waterboard 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who currently awaits trial in federal court.

The Washington Post reports that Bush, in his book “Decision Points”, writes when the CIA asked if it could waterboard Mohammed, he replied “Damn right.”

The Post reports that Bush told an interviewer a week before leaving the White House: “I firmly reject the word ‘torture,” and he repeats that sentiment in the book.

The book is due out Tuesday.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Questions Whether Terrorists Who Plead in Military Commission Could be Put to Death

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. told Face The Nation Sunday that the U.S. might be able to execute terrorists like 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed if they pleaded guilty at military tribunal.

“There’s a real question about that,” Holder said.

Holder said there’s no question Mohammed could be put to death if he pleaded guilty in a civilian court. The issue has the potential to change some views on the matter, particularly conservatives who have insisted the Sept. 11 suspects be tried in a military venue.

Holder originally announced that Moahammed and four other defendants would be tried in a civilian federal court in New York. But the city complained of the cost and the potential danger, and conservative Republicans insisted the military venue was the only way to go.

The matter as to where the trial will be held remains unresolved.


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A Good Week for Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

For many months now, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. has been the pinata for some Republicans, who have seldom missed an opportunity to bash him, to use him as a point man to try and prove that the Obama administration is not tough enough on terrorism, and that trying to hold the 9/11 trial in New York was just another sign of bad judgment. This week, he had reason to celebrate with the swift arrest of the New York car bomber. Could his political fortunes be changing?

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By Anne E. Kornblut
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. stepped up to the lectern at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, it was more than an unusual middle-of-the-night appearance trumpeting the swift arrest of an alleged terrorist. It also marked a rare moment of glory for the attorney general.

Holder has been on rocky ground for months. His decision last November to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-declared mastermind behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in federal court in Manhattan was quickly opposed by New York lawmakers, then reversed by the White House. He was criticized for having the suspect in the failed Christmas Day bombing read his Miranda rights soon after his arrest — and then later for quipping that the same would not happen to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden because officials would be “reading Miranda rights to a corpse.”

A good week doesn’t necessarily make for a turnaround. But with the arrest of Faisal Shahzad in connection with Saturday’s attempted bombing in Times Square, Holder and the law enforcement agencies he oversees were able to claim a victory for the administration.

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Column: Terrorists Should Face Civilian Courts

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By Clarence Page
Chicago Tribune Columnist

WASHINGTON — Resistance to political influence is a virtue in a good attorney general. Tone deafness to politics is not, especially when the public fails to understand the virtue in what you’re doing.

That appears to be why, as much as he prefers a civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the confessed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, Attorney General Eric Holder has backpedaled just enough to say that he is open to a military tribunal.

In an interview published Feb. 15 in The New York Times, he said, “You have to be flexible.” That’s true, if you can avoid tying yourself up in knots.

Holder and President Barack Obama appear to be bending to the relentless winds of opinion polls and conservative politicians. They may not have much choice. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina has introduced a bill in the Senate to cut off funding for criminal trials related to Sept. 11. He hopes to force cases like Mohammad’s into the military commissions that the Bush administration hastily organized at Guantanamo after the 2001 attacks.

It is easy to understand why our military is a sentimental favorite as a go-to place for handling terrorists. But those who root for the military commissions in Guantanamo should note a few things. The FBI, Justice Department and our federal courts have a better track record for effectiveness, constitutionality and appropriately tough sentencing than Team Obama’s political critics give them credit.

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