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March 5th, 2010
04:23 PM ET

White House considering reversing stand on 9/11 trials

New York officials who did not want Khalid Sheikh Mohammed tried in the city. Republicans want a military trial.

New York officials who did not want Khalid Sheikh Mohammed tried in the city. Republicans want a military trial.

Suzanne Malveaux | BIO
CNN White House Correspondent

White House advisors are considering recommending alleged 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheik Mohammed be tried in a military court, not a civilian one in New York City, a senior administration official confirmed Friday.

This would be an about face for the Obama Administration which has consistently insisted trying Mohammed in civilian court would be a powerful symbol of U.S. rule of law. In November 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder announced his intention to do just that. But a firestorm of criticism erupted from New York officials who did not want the trial held in Manhattan, and from Republican lawmakers who did not want a civilian trial.

If the President accepts this recommendation, his administration would be reversing itself on two fronts:the location of the trial, and the type of trial itself.

"We are evaluating based on New York City logistical and security concerns on trial in Federal courts," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday.

A senior administration official emphasized that no final recommendation has been given to the President, and therefore no decision regarding the 9/11 terror trial has been made. The official said the hope is a decision would be made before the President leaves for Indonesia on March 18th.


Filed under: Suzanne Malveaux • Terrorism
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  1. giancarlo

    To offend the pride of terrorists,ithink best way is a civil court,so you was a terrorist? we are civil people and we dont need a special court to judge you!you was a terrorist? we give you the best treatment in the country: the civil process. the press and the victim families can see they in their eyes and say look you was a terrorist we are normal people.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:58 am |