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Bring Sheik Mohammed’s trial to D.C.

Thomas Penfield Jackson writes in The Washington Post on February 26, 2010, in an article entitled "Bring Sheik Mohammed's trial to D.C.,"  that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is the most appropriate forum for the trial of Khaleid Sheik Mohammed. The author writes, "KSM's crimes were committed against the entire nation, and it is fitting that the nation's capital should host his trial." 

Arguing against trial by military commission, Penfield writes the following:

"The attorney general should reject the suggestion that Mohammed be tried by a military commission at Guantanamo Bay or anywhere else. His crimes were civil, not military. Mohammed owed no allegiance to any flag, nor did he wear the uniform of any country. He answered to no code of military honor or of the law of war. His targets and victims were innocent civilians who had never sought to harm him. His weapons were four stolen commercial civilian aircraft. He was not captured on a battlefield; he was hunted down like any common felon, hiding in disguise among civilians in a city far removed from military activity."

Moreover, the judges in the U.S. District Court in DC are "able and experienced," and have themselves tried high-profile, complex criminal cases, some capital. By contrast, military officers have "neither comparable experience nor stature in the eyes of the world." For these reasons, the District Court is the most appropriate forum than the D.C. federal district court. 

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