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Reaction to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Trial

Multiple editorials published since Holder's announcement to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by military tribunal have sharply criticized the decision, the Times arguing that it is “a victory for Congressional pandering and an embarrassment for the Obama administration.”

A Washington Post editorial calls the decision “the correct call,” arguing that Guantanamo restrictions put in place by Congress are not going to be lifted soon and that military commission rules have improved since 2009, offering many similar protections as civilian courts.

A Wall Street Journal editorial criticizes Holder for what it refers to pejoratively as his ‘triple twist’ – criticizing Congress for imposing restrictions on Guantanamo transfers which many Democrats supported; blaming Congress for delays when Holder’s own obstinance was at fault; and Holder’s insistence that the administration still wants to close Guantanamo despite a lack of practical alternatives. The editorial concludes that “Mr. Holder made clear he’s not about to apologize, much less thank his predecessors for their foresight, but we suppose his vindication of Guantanamo is enough.”

The New Yorker's Jane Mayer writes that the announcement may  define the Obama Justice Department as being “incapable of standing up to to the political passions still stirred by the threat of terrorism.” She writes that “regardless of the reality, the [military tribunal] forum will always seem tainted by politics, allowing the most heinous terrorist in the world to claim that he is America’s victim, rather than the other way around.”

To read the full text of any of the above mentioned articles, click below:

Editorial: Cowardice Blocks the 9/11 Trial (NYT)
Editorial: Right Call on Sept. 11 Defendants, Military Trials (WaPo)
Editorial: Vindicating Guantanamo (WSJ)

News Desk: The KSM Trial Decision (New Yorker: Jane Mayer)


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