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

(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."

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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.”
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