Mastermind of 9/11 to Face Trial in NYC

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be transferred from Gitmo
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 13, 2009 5:54 AM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2009 7:46 AM CST
A 2003 file photo of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.   ((AP Photo/File))
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(Newser) – Self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be sent to New York to face trial in a civilian federal court. An official announcement is expected later today. The actual transfer of the detainees isn't expected to happen for weeks because formal charges have not been filed, but the move is in line with the increasingly difficult goal of shutting Gitmo early next year, the AP notes.

Mohammed, who authorities say was waterboarded 183 times, told interrogators that he was the mastermind of the attacks, He claims to have proposed the concept to Osama bin Laden as early as 1996, obtained funding for the attacks from bin Laden, oversaw the operation, and trained the hijackers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.