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Hearing for Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Called Off Again

Judge cites 'unresolved issues' in case of 5 Gitmo inmates

(Newser) - After more than 12 years in American custody, the day of reckoning doesn't seem to be getting much closer for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The US military has called off an impending pretrial hearing for Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators being held at Guantanamo Bay, reports Reuters... More »

KSM, Accused 9/11 Plotters to Face One Less Charge

Move reveals 'flaw' in military tribunals

(Newser) - The five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks will now face seven charges instead of eight, after the chief prosecutor yesterday moved to withdraw a conspiracy charge that he believed might not hold up on appeal. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants still face charges that include just shy... More »

9/11 Mastermind Scolds US for 'Torture,' Killings

'Millions' killed for 'national security,' he charges

(Newser) - The accused mastermind of the 9/11 attacks yesterday took the US to task for "torturing" people in the name of national security and killing "millions." Many "can kill people under the name of national security, and torture people under the name of national security," said... More »

9/11 Hearings Begin Today Amid Rats, Mold

Judge won't allow further delays to Guantanamo trial

(Newser) - The Guantanamo trial of five 9/11 suspects has already been postponed thanks to a tropical storm, religious observances, an Internet outage, and more—but an invasion of rats and mold isn't going to push it back any further. Pretrial hearings are set to begin today for alleged mastermind Khalid... More »

Was This Pic of 9/11 Suspect Smuggled Out of Gitmo?

Officials scrambling to find out how photos landed on jihadist website

(Newser) - US officials are at a loss to explain how apparently recent photos of the suspected 9/11 master plotter ended up on a jihadist website . They fear the photos may have been taken and smuggled out of Guantanamo Bay. The photos show a calm, often smiling Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other... More »

Tomorrow: 9/11 Case Back On at Gitmo

3 years later, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 4 others set for arraignment

(Newser) - It's been three years since President Obama paused the case against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged planners of the 9/11 attacks. Tomorrow, the case resumes in a military tribunal at Guantanamo after efforts to move the proceedings to a civilian court failed . Things could be a little... More »

Death Penalty Trial to Resume for KSM

Alleged 9/11 mastermind's military trial will continue

(Newser) - The long-delayed effort to put alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed on trial lurched forward today, when the Pentagon approved a death penalty trial for Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators, the Washington Post reports. The trial will be conducted by a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, with an arraignment... More »

New Charges Filed Against KSM

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, four others charged again

(Newser) - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, and four alleged co-conspirators face new conspiracy and murder charges filed today by US military prosecutors. All five defendants were originally charged during George W. Bush’s presidency, but those charges were dropped when President Obama attempted to move the trials... More »

Military Court Less Likely to Sentence KSM to Death

Military hasn't executed anyone in 50 years

(Newser) - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is dying to be executed. He’s confessed to plotting the 9/11 attacks and a host of other terrorist activity, and said he’d like to be a martyr. But that’s significantly less likely to happen now that he’ll be tried by a military commission,... More »

Cowardice Wins In Khalid Sheikh Mohammad Trial

Spineless Obama, pandering congress to blame

(Newser) - Eric Holder’s decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in a military tribunal is “a victory for Congressional pandering and an embarrassment for the Obama administration, which failed to stand up to it,” the New York Times declares in a scathing editorial today. The administration’s... More »

9/11 Mastermind Gets Gitmo Military Trial

Obama turns back on pledge to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in civilian court

(Newser) - Khalid Sheikh Mohammad will be tried by a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, rather than the civilian court President Obama has long advocated, sources tell CBS News . Eric Holder will announce this new plan soon. Previously, Holder had put forward a plan to try the confessed 9/11 mastermind in New... More »

Holder: Terror Trials Still Possible in NYC

He also says he hopes the US captures Osama alive

(Newser) - Turns out the debate on holding terror trials in New York City isn't settled after all. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Senate panel today that "New York isn't off the table"—even though the Obama administration said as much earlier this year when Mayor Bloomberg and others... More »

Obama, Senate Near Deal for Military 9/11 Trials

Deal would close Guantanamo, move KSM case forward

(Newser) - The White House and Senate are near a deal that would close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and pave the way for more of its inmates—including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed—to face military tribunals rather than civilian courts. The deal has been in the works for a while, but a... More »

Obama Advisers Push Flip to Military 9/11 Trials

Switch would pave way for bipartisan deal on Guantanamo

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s top advisers want him to reverse Eric Holder’s decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and the other 9/11 conspirators in civilian court. The president has personally favored civilian trials, but thanks to the popular outcry against them, he’s likely to accept their recommendation, the Washington ... More »

DC Consensus: Obama Should've Listened to Rahm

As big ticket failures abound, Emanuel's practicality could have helped

(Newser) - From health care reform to unemployment to Guantanamo Bay, many Washington insiders think President Obama would be much better off today had he listened to his brash-but-practical chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. Top staffers like David Axelrod have a “strong view of the historic character Obama is supposed to... More »

Powell: It's Time to Lay Off Obama

Republicans, at some point, are going to have to do something, he says

(Newser) - It's time to get past the incessant partisan potshots being taken at President Obama and forge some progress, Colin Powell told Face the Nation today. "I don’t think the country will be well served if the next three years are attempts to bring him down and destroy him... More »

Battered Holder Accepts White House Help

Drubbing on Khalid Shaikh Mohammed trial humbles aloof AG

(Newser) - Eric Holder once angrily told the White House that his job was about the law, not politics, but the attorney general’s changed his tune after his plan to put Khalid Shaikh Mohammed on trial in New York was crushed by opposition from almost every quarter. Two weeks ago Holder... More »

Obama Will Help Choose 9/11 Trial Venue

President steps in after Manhattan choice sparks backlash

(Newser) - President Obama will help choose the location of the trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-accused, according to administration officials. The move indicates an awareness that the White House mishandled the process in placing the decision in Attorney General Eric Holder's hands, notes the Washington Post... More »

Don't Close Gitmo Just for Symbolism

Detention center is ugly but necessary, writes Michael Gerson

(Newser) - Guantanamo Bay is an ugly place to Americans and the rest of the world but there's no point in closing it just for the sake of symbolism, writes Michael Gerson. George Bush decided against closing it because of the problem of what to do with the detainees. President Obama opted... More »

Look Who Says Bush Was Right on Terror

Obama invokes Bush policies as defense in Couric interview

(Newser) - President Obama rolled out a surprising line of defense when Katie Couric quizzed him about civilian trials for terrorists in an interview Sunday, writes William McGurn. "We're not handling any of these cases any different than the Bush administration handled them all through 9/11," Obama insisted. Invoking Bush... More »

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