Military Commissions Will Try 9/11 Suspects - by Stephen Lendman
On April 4, New York Times writer Charlie Savage headlined, "In a Reversal, Military Trials for 9/11 Cases," saying:
After months of indecision, the Obama administration "will prosecute Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) and four other (suspects) accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks before a military commission and not a civilian court, as it once planned."
In fact, candidate Obama pledged:
"As president, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act, and adhere to the Geneva Conventions...."
On January 22, 2009, he signed an Executive Order (EO) to close Guantanamo in one year.
More promises made. More broken. Obama's record is near-perfect showing nothing he says can be believed.
On April 4, Attorney General Holder broke the news, saying:
"In November 2009, I announced that (KSM) and four other individuals would stand trial in federal court for their roles in the" 9/11 attacks....After consulting with prosecutors from the Department of Justice and Department of Defense and after thoroughly studying the case, it became clear to me that the best venue (was) federal court. I stand by that decision."
Not at all as months of inaction gave "Members of Congress" time to "intervene and impose restrictions blocking the administration from bringing any Guantanamo detainees to trial in the United States, regardless of the venue."
"(T)hose restrictions are unlikely to be repealed in the immediate future. And we simply cannot allow a trial to be delayed any longer....We must bring the conspirators to justice."
On April 4, a Department of Justice press released headlined, "Justice Department Refers Five Accused 9/11 Plotters to Military Commissions," saying:
"As the indictment unsealed today reveals, we were prepared to bring a powerful case against the 9/11 defendants in federal court, and had this case proceeded as planned, I'm confident our justice system would have" prevailed.
A 10 count, 80 page indictment accuses them of:
-- "conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries;
-- acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries;