Republicans Decry Decision to Try 9/11 Planner in NYC
GOP slams AG's 'dangerous mentality'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2009 12:15 PM CST
In this March 1, 2003 file picture, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seen shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan.   (AP Photo/File)
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(Newser) – Republican leaders are sharply criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court. John Boehner called the plan to try the confessed planner of the 9/11 attacks in New York "irresponsible” and accused AG Eric Holder of "reverting to a dangerous pre-9/11 mentality." Said the House minority leader: "The possibility that Khalid Sheik Mohammed could be found ‘not guilty’ due to some legal technicality just blocks from Ground Zero should give every American pause."

Other Republicans echoed that sentiment: Califorinia’s Buck McKeon said the decision was “dangerous.” Virginia’s Frank Wolf called it “crazy,” especially because Mohammed will not be held in a supermax unit during the trial, which could take 5 years, the Hill reports. “It could jeopardize the security of the United States. This is the guy that beheaded Danny Pearl. He is the mastermind behind 9/11.”