Attorney General Eric Holder

N.Y. trial not off the table for top 9/11 suspect, Holder tells Senate panel

By William Branigin
Washington Post / April 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder said yesterday that the Obama administration has not ruled out holding a trial in New York City for the suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder came under fire from Republicans on the panel over the administration’s handling of terrorism cases, including plans to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and try terrorist suspects in civilian courts.

Holder told the committee that, despite widespread objections, “New York is not off the table’’ as a venue for the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the avowed mastermind of the attacks, and four alleged coconspirators.

Eric Holder casts doubt on 9/11 trials: Attorney General 'not sure' if holding trials in NYC is important.

From Raw Story - Published: Friday February 12, 2010

US Attorney General Eric Holder appeared in an interview published Friday to leave open the option of abandoning a civilian trial for accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Holder's interview with the Washington Post came amid a backlash at the Obama administration's attempt to bring some terror suspects to justice through civil rather than military courts and to try Sheikh Mohammed in New York.

"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 told the Post.

"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."

Holder made clear to the Post, however, that a military trial of Mohammed, who is currently in the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, was neither his personal nor legal preference.

Pressure Mounts to Move Terror Trial


Jan. 28, 2010

Pressure Mounts to Move Terror Trial
Obama Administration Considers Moving Trial of Accused Sept. 11 Mastermind to Remote Location

By Bob Orr

(CBS) Pledging to bring justice to the victims of Sept. 11, Attorney General Eric Holder declared that accused mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would stand trial at the scene of the crime, "in a courthouse just blocks away from where the twin towers once stood."

But with mounting political pressure, the Obama Administration is now strongly considering moving the trial from Manhattan to a more remote location, reports CBS News correspondent Bob Orr.

Eric Holder's Baffling KSM Decision


Notice the interesting parts of this article that cover the 10,000 signatures and the estimated cost for the first year of this trial.

Eric Holder's Baffling KSM Decision
The attorney general's Senate testimony this week did nothing to reassure the families of 9/11's victims.


On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to question Attorney General Eric Holder about his decision to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others in criminal courts rather than military tribunals. As the father of Todd Beamer, who died on United Airlines Flight 93, I was able to attend that hearing. What transpired caused me great concern and shook my confidence in our current administration.

Full Press Conference of Attorney General Eric Holder discussing trials of 9/11 plotters.

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder announced that five detainees accused of planning the September 11 attacks are to be tried in civilian federal court in New York.

Full 25 minute Press Conference:

Mainstream Media Synopsis (8 min):

Trials are planned to be open to the public, except where classified information is concerned. All five suspects planned to be tried together. Seeking Death Penalty. In New York City. In Civilian Court. Jury Trial.