Attorney General Eric Holder today will announce that self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad will be tried in a military commission, CBS News has learned. A source says the commission will be held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
The Obama administration's decision in the fall of 2009 to give foreign terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohamed a trial in civilian court was met with fierce opposition. Here's a report from a rally in Manhattan in December 2009 against the decision to try KSM there:
Speakers and attendees argued that by giving enemy combatants a trial in a civilian court -- rather than a military tribunal -- Holder has needlessly put lives at risk. The decision will restrict what evidence may be used against the terrorists, could reveal intelligence secrets, and sets back the clock to September 10. "[Terrorists] declared war on us 15 years ago," said Andy McCarthy, who prosecuted the "Blind Sheikh" following the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. "When they declared war on us, they were using bombs, and we answered with subpoenas. They attacked, and we indicted."
"In war times the rule of law for terrorists and enemies is war crimes trials or military commissions," said McCarthy. "It is not to wrap our enemies in our Bill of Rights. It's not to bring them to the majesty of the American courthouse and clothe them in all the rights of the Americans they're sworn to kill."
(Hat tip: Hot Air)