The Obama administration had been trying to secure a civil trial for KSM, but they’ve been struck by reality:
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.
Holder is expected to announce the decision in a news conference today at 2 p.m.
Trying Mohammed in a civilian court and closing the Guantanamo prison were once some of the Obama administration’s top priorities, but political realities have hamstrung both goals.
My guess is that among those “realities” was the thought of the political fallout that would accompany a civil court finding KSM not guilty, which certainly wasn’t outside the realm of possibility.
Remember this from last year?
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani was found not guilty on all but one charge Wednesday by a civilian jury in New York, in a case with ramifications for President Obama’s policy toward Guantanamo and civilian trials for terror suspects.
Ghailani had post-traumatic jihad disorder, and if KSM would have gotten a civil trial I’m sure his lawyers would have been able to come up with any number of ailments to get their client released under some little-known “terrorists with disabilities” act.
(h/t Michelle M)