9/11 mastermind to be tried by military commission
The mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, and four co-defendants, will be tried by a military commission rather than a federal court in New York. This reversal by the Obama Administration ends a two-year effort to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. KUSI's Steve Bosh has been following this story and reports on the latest details.
While being detained at Guantanamo, Khalid Sheik Mohammed had confessed to planning the attacks, and a chilling string of other plots against the United States and other countries.
Sheik Mohammed is a Pakistani closely associated with Al-Queda leader Osama Bin Laden and was the brains behind the 2001 attack on the twin towers.
He provided the money and the means for the hijackers to learn how to fly commercial aircraft. Some took flight lessons here in San Diego.
The decision two years ago to try these terrorists in New York was not welcome news to most Americans, and many members of Congress.
An indictment was unsealed in New York Monday, then dismissed, paving the way for the military commission.
It said in late August 2001, as the terrorists in the U.S. made final preparations, Sheik Mohammed was notified about the date, and relayed that information to Bin Laden.
The attorney general said the change in venue was made because the families of those killed and injured in the attacks waited too long for justice, although he still favors a trial in the U.S.
The widespread opposition to having a trial in New York led to congressional restrictions, and a death knell to the Obama Administration's long held goal of closing Guantanamo Bay.
A New York woman whose firefighter brother was killed at the World Trade Center said these five men are war criminals as far as she's concerned, and she believes that a military trial is the right thing to do.