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In Reversal, 9/11 Plotter to Be Tried by Military Panel

The New York Times reports this afternoon, Monday April 4, 2011, that the Obama administration, ending a year of indecision with a major reversal, will prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before a military commission and not a civilian court, as it had once planned.

The Times reports that Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. is "set to announce on Monday afternoon that he has cleared military prosecutors at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to file war-crime charges against Mr. Mohammed and four others accused in the Sept. 11 case."

Holder had decided in November 2009 to move the case to a federal civilian courtroom in New York City, but a political backlash shut down that plan.

“It’s unfortunate that it took the Obama administration more than two years to figure out what the majority of Americans already know: that 9-11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is not a common criminal, he’s a war criminal,” said Representative Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

For the full text of the Times article, click here

For a link to the Times Indictment and Unsealing Order, click here

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