If you ask me, it’s dumb politics to remind everyone about a campaign promise you broke on the same day you announce your re-election bid.

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)


4 Responses to “Eric Holder to Announce Khalid Sheikh Mohammad Will Be Tried at Gitmo — Wait, Gitmo’s Still Open?”

  1. Marshall_Will on April 4th, 2011 5:16 pm

    “terrorists with disabilities” act.

    Careful how you say that! ( When Doug says it seems to have all the legitimacy of The DREAM Act! ) Did I say 'legitimacy'? Clearly I've lost it!

    What we conservatives need to absolutely NAIL Teh Wun's b@lls to the wall here on.., is the fact that this isn't just another "throw-away" campaign promise! This isn't like "fighting crime!", improving our children's education reducing taxes or making breast-feeding pumps available at low cost to unwed hispanic transgender mothers!

    I_Will_Close_Gitmo 'by'…_____. WELL….!!!???

  2. Joe Redfield on April 4th, 2011 9:21 pm

    Maybe the reason Obama has never released his birth certificate is because is says "George Bush" on it.

  3. SignPainterGuy on April 4th, 2011 9:21 pm

    This sounds like no more than a campaign ploy. Even if these terrorists ARE eventually tried at Gitmo, I doubt it will occur with any haste; probably put off until the cows come home !

    And as a matter of fact, I`d take GWB back in a heartbeat; warts and all !

  4. Fuzzlenutter on April 5th, 2011 10:44 am

    This goddamn POS racist, race-baiter Holder is an utter disgrace to this great country. In fact, his sorry ass should soon be on trial for treason…

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