Terror Trials May Move to Tribunal

by Daniel Russ on March 5, 2010

Terror Trial

In what would be a major reversal for President Obama, White House advisers are close to announcing a new policy regarding terror detainees that would see Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected 9/11 plotter, tried in a military court. Obama’s decision to try Mohammed in civilian court in New York created endless political headaches from both sides of the aisle and the Washington Post reports that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is offering to help with bipartisan support for closing Guantanamo Bay if the decision is reversed. The move would be certain to anger Americans concerned about the erosion of civil liberties since 9/11. “If President Obama reverses Holder’s decision to try the 9/11 defendants in criminal court and retreats to using the Bush military commissions, he deals a death blow to his own Justice Department, breaks a clear campaign promise to restore the rule of law and demonstrates that the promises to his constituents are all up for grabs,” Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Post.”

Source: Daily Beast


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