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Should they be tried in New York?

WASHINGTON – Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be brought to trial in a civilian federal courthouse in New York, near the site of the devastating 2001 terror attacks. Prosecutors expect to seek the death penalty.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the long-awaited and politically fraught decision at a news conference Friday. He also said five other Guantanamo detainees, including a major suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, will be tried through the military commission process.

Holder said the Sept. 11 defendants should be tried where their crimes occurred. Nearly 3,000 people died when the World Trade Center towers were brought down by two hijacked jetliners, another hijacked jet hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in western Pennsylvania.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 2:09 PM on Nov. 13, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't think it matters where they are tried, as long as they are. What's more important?

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 5:58 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • IT is ridiculous and stupid to try them in a court system set up for punishing a law-breaker. These people waged WAR. They are completely outside the civilian purview.

    In civilian court, they must be shown the evidence against them. Top secret intelligence-gathering networks would have to be displayed to them. The prosecution cannot do that, obviously - they still have close communication with terrorist networks through their lawyers. So, since they are being tried as civil law breakers rather than as men who waged war on America, they will have to be acquitted.

    Also, HOW could you find a "jury of their peers".

    Holder is distorting the law to the point of treason here. His former and current colleagues are involved in the defense of terrorists, and he is blatantly setting up a situation to prevent them from being found guilty.

    Corruption in the highest law enforcement officer of the land.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:20 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • In March 1994, four men were convicted (IN NEW YORK) of carrying out the bombing of the World Trade Center: Abouhalima, Ajaj, Ayyad and Salameh. The charges included conspiracy, explosive destruction of property and interstate transportation of explosives. In November 1997, two more were convicted: Yousef, the mastermind behind the bombings, and Eyad Ismoil, who drove the truck carrying the bomb.


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:31 PM on Nov. 13, 2009


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:35 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • Where would you like to see the alleged bombers get a trial, sweet?


    Answer by tyme4me2day at 3:46 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • No. Holder hinted around to one read on being because the 9-11 involved civilians. Nearly 200 people at the Pentagon were attacked, most definitely a military target. Military Target=Military Tribunal. It should trump all others. Our NATION was ATTACKED. New York will become a bigger target for potential terrorist attacks during the entire trial.  Holder and Obama are giving an incentivize for more attacks on US soil by giving them the biggest possible PR opportunity... Our justice system is for Americans to judge each other for civil/criminal matters.



    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:56 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • DENVER (CNN) -- With a no-nonsense judge keeping a close eye on proceedings, Timothy McVeigh was found guilty in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. During a separate phase of the trial, jurors condemned the 29-year-old Gulf War veteran to die by lethal injection.

    McVeigh was deemed responsible for a blast that killed 168, including 19 children -- the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil. It was a case fraught with pitfalls and tough decisions for U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch, who maintained strict control in his Denver courtroom.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • I don't think they intend to ever convict them. Now that it is in a criminal court ALL regular law applies. I heard they are already running into a problem because of the Miranda.

    They should be tried in a military court because it was an act of war when they hit the Pentagon.

    They didn't commit a criminal act-------these people have declared a "holy war" against us. All war crime belongs in a military court.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 5:21 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • I heard Rudy Giuliani answering questions about this. As a former Federal prosecutor, he has an added expertise about this.

    New York is already enough of a target for terrorist attack. Bringing these jihad celebrities to NY from Guantanamo will put them into more of a media spotlight and create a higher risk that terrorists will cause deaths to exploit the media focus. Every trip to the courthouse will be an opportunity for explosions in NY's streets.

    When the "blind imam" was being tried, Al-Qaeda issued a kill order on the prosecuting lawyer and his family. They were under this death threat for years. With these trials, every judge, lawyer and juror AND their families will be targets.

    It is irrational and irresponsible to bring this risk and burden to New York City. It is the FIRST time the court system has been twisted in such a fashion.

    No LEGITIMATE president would endanger New Yorkers like this.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 6:09 PM on Nov. 13, 2009

  • Rudy is making alot of sense kudos to him for speaking up

    Answer by tnmomofive at 6:16 PM on Nov. 13, 2009