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Despite “guilty” please, several of the masterminds of the 9-11 attacks, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, will be brought to the lower end of Manhatten to stand trial for their role in the attacks. From the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON – Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be brought to trial in a civilian federal courthouse in New York, near the site of the devastating 2001 terror attacks. Prosecutors expect to seek the death penalty.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced the long-awaited and politically fraught decision at a news conference Friday. He also said five other Guantanamo detainees, including a major suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, will be tried through the military commission process.
Holder said the Sept. 11 defendants should be tried where their crimes occurred. Nearly 3,000 people died when the World Trade Center towers were brought down by two hijacked jetliners, another hijacked jet hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in western Pennsylvania.
“After eight years of delay, those allegedly responsible for that attacks of September the 11th will finally face justice,” Holder said. “They will be brought to New York — to New York — to answer for their alleged crimes in a courthouse just blocks away from where the twin towers once stood.”
Question: Is this a trial of the attackers, or a trial of the United States?
For the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/nyregion/25wtc.html
Many decades ago, my father was stationed at Guantanomo Bay, Cuba, at a time when Cuba revelled in being the “Riviera of the Caribbean”. Today, after nearly a half century under a Communist dictator, the island is a shell of its former beauty. Sitting at one end, the United States continues to maintain its military base.
So as we began to enter the war on terror, seeking out Osama bin Laden, the enemy combattants that the United States was able to identify and capture were brought to GITMO while it was determined how to proceed legally against these enemy combattants.
GITMO became a campaign topic, as Barack Obama vowed to close the detention center at GITMO, sending detainees back to their homeland or bringing them to the US for trial, where the ACLU would jump at the opportunity to defend those who were a part of the 9-11 terrorist attack on US soil.
Having been elected President, and having received his national security briefings (remember, as President, Obama does NOT have to pass the security clearances that the rest of us would have to go through for a job in any of the governmental departments), Obama has begun to reconsider his position on GITMO. Adding to his dilemna is the fact that several of the detainees want to plead guilty to their role in terrorists attacks, to be sentenced to death, and to be a martyr for their cause.
Thoughts on the pros and cons of Guantanomo Bay??