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9/11 mastermind must be tried

Nov 11th, 2010 KSM

An editorial published in The Washington Post on Friday, November 5, 2010 entitled "9/11 mastermind must be tried," reports that it has been a year since Attorney General Holder announced that Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be  tried in a Manhattan federal courthouse. 

A year later, Mohammed has still not been brought to trial. Despite the AUMF which allows the administration to hold Mohammed without trial, the Post opines that "the government has a moral and legal obligation, and strong policy reasons, to bring formal charges whenever possible. Detention without trial should not be a default position to avoid tough political calls."

Despite logistics, the Post notes that "[a] federal court trial is still a possibility," if the administration can successfully challenge Congress's legislation which has expressly forbidden federal funds to be used to bring detainees into the United States for trial or detention.  

Other proposals outlined include a federal court that may convene at Guantanamo providing Congressional authorization or military commissions. For the full text of the article, click here

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