9/11 Trials Might Not Even Be in Civilian Courts Anymore

9/11 Trials Might Not Even Be in Civilian Courts Anymore

Forget Manhattan — Attorney General Eric Holder, under increasing political pressure, is now considering the possibility of moving the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other alleged 9/11 plotters to military tribunals and out of civilian courts entirely.

And Holder, in an interview Thursday, left open the possibility that Mohammed's trial could be switched to a military commission, although he said that is not his personal and legal preference.

"At the end of the day, wherever this case is tried, in whatever forum, what we have to ensure is that it's done as transparently as possible and with adherence to all the rules," Holder said. "If we do that, I'm not sure the location or even the forum is as important as what the world sees in that proceeding."

But it was only a few days ago that Obama was defending the decision to go the civilian route. In an interview with Katie Couric, Obama said that "it is a virtue of our system that we should be proud of" that the Bush administration was able to prosecute 190 "folks" for terrorism ties in civilian courts. Obama had previously said, “I think this notion that somehow we have to be fearful, that these terrorists ... possess some special powers that prevent us from presenting evidence against them, locking them up and, you know, exacting swift justice, I think that has been a fundamental mistake." Special powers? Terrorists don't have them. Obama's Republican critics, on the other hand, might — they've succeeded in making a Constitutional-law professor reconsider his faith in our criminal-justice system.

What Did You Expect?


Obama.......the new Bush. So, what else is new?

The US judicial system may

The US judicial system may not have jurisdiction to conduct trials of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.

It does have jurisdiction to prosecute for conspiring to commit crimes which were carried out by others on US soil or against US citizens for committing such crimes. It can file a case for extradition to have persons charged with crimes committed in the US to be returned to stand trial.

Conspiring against the US is not a crime. This can be a result or reaction to US foreign policy or military action abroad.

This is a thorny issue and I doubt whether they Government has a sound case against KSM or they would file it in a federal court. If they do, I suspect they would either mount a show trial or likely lose as I suspect that they would have a hard time connecting him to each one of the 19 hijackers and prove that these hijackers did what they said the government said they did.

It would be interesting to see what the case is. We may never get to see it however.

Can you say crawfish?

I was surprised when they said they would have the trial in Manhattan. I thought, "This will be great for the 911 Truth movement!"

Now they see that too.

That is the real reason that they are crawfishing on their original plan.