Pentagon drops charges against 9/11 plotters, clearing way for civilian trials

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Friday officially dropped military charges against the accused mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and four other alleged conspirators, a development that likely foreshadows their transfer to New York City to face charges in a civilian federal court.


The Pentagon said the dismissal of the charges "without prejudice" against alleged plot leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others, Walid Bin Attash, Ramzi Bin al Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi, was a procedural step to clear the way for their civilian trials.

There was no word on when indictments would be issued in New York against the men or when they would be transferred from Guantanamo to the United States.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Nov. 13 that the five men would be tried in federal court for the 9/11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people. Criticism quickly followed by Republicans and others who said trying the men inside the United States would create security risks and allow the defendants legal protections that they shouldn't have.

No Comments???

I just went to the "Idaho Statesman" web page at the above link. It's now Monday the 1st March, and there is not a single comment there... I'm only guessing, but could it be that the only people interested enough to leave one were 9/11 truthers whose comments were subsequently "moderated" into oblivion?

There are probably no comments because

the story is hard to catch.

I just did a google news search on "9/11" and this story didn't even show up. I had to type in "9/11 plotters" for the story to appear on the results list.

Incidentally, the Idaho Statesman appears to be the only outlet covering this.

Talk about deafening silence!

I wonder if one of the 'bad guys' is deliberately skewering the results at google news.


So some of the rabidly pro-WoT Republicans insisted on guilty-at-the-outset military "trials", and now even the Pentagon itself disagrees?

Life is a very strange journey.

Actually, this story is a month old!

Google the title of the article:

This was originally a Jan. 22 story, even though both the Idaho Statesman and 911blogger only picked up on it now.

How did we miss this?

And did CNN never report this story?

I mean, I know the MSM's silece re 9/11 truth is deafening, but I would have thought this story was mainstream enough.

Bump - this story seems to be getting lost

in the shuffle.

Thoughts, comments anyone?

Not The First Time Here At 9/11 Blogger


you mean like my article on NORAD and The 9/11 Commission Report being placed into Blogs oblivion here at 9/11 Blogger?

Dean Jackson/Editor-in-Chief
Washington, DC

Military or civilian?

Just saw this on yahoo news.

But I thought the Pentagon dropped all charges against these folks, clearing the way for civilian trials?

I'm beyond confused.