Trial of the century heads to N.Y.
By Ben Pershing
We're only 10 years into the 21st century, so it's safe to say that the "trial of the century" so far is coming soon to New York.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who describes himself as the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, is headed for trial in a civilian federal court in New York along with four other detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The Washington Post writes that "the announcement Friday will end months of intense internal jockeying among federal prosecutors in New York and Virginia, and between military and federal prosecutors, for the right to prosecute the high-value detainees held at the military prison." President Obama said Friday morning that "this is a prosecutorial decision as well as a national security decision," but it's also a political decision, whether he intends it to be or not. Many conservatives have argues against trying Guantanano detainees on American soil, and are sure to pounce on the decision. The New York Times adds, "the Obama administration has decided to prosecute Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri -- the Guantanamo detainee accused of planning the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen -- and several other detainees before a military commission."
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