US Readies Major 9/11 Trial of Gitmo detainees

Case could bring closure for White House, or revive criticisms
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 9, 2008 6:50 AM CST
US military personnel inspect each occupied cell on a two-minute cycle at Camp 5 maximum-security facility on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, in this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, file photo. (AP Photo/Brennan...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – US military prosecutors are finalizing plans for a major trial against Guantanamo’s 9/11 suspects, sources tell the New York Times. Among those likely to be charged is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has claimed full responsibility for the attacks. “The thinking was 9/11 is the heart and soul of the whole thing. The thinking was: go for that,” one official said.

There are 14 "high value" Gitmo detainees, but how many would be charged—and with what—is still uncertain; even if charges were disclosed soon it could be months before a trial could be held, lawyers said. For the Bush administration the case could bring closure—or put recent issues back into the spotlight, including questions of torture and prisoner abuse.