Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Four Other Suspects in 9/11 Attacks Will be Tried in New York
The alleged 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and four other high-value detainees accused of plotting the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people will be tried in a federal court in New York, the scene of the crime, a senior administration official said.
The detainees could be transferred from Cuba's Guantanamo Bay within 45 days, once Congress is formally notified, which is expected to be today.
Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to make the official announcement this morning.
The unveiling of the plan would be the first time the administration has said publicly how many detainees it expects to prosecute, release or continue to detain.
President Barack Obama today addressed the prosecution at a joint news conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
"This is a prosecutorial decision as well as a national security decision," the president said. "Here's the thing that I will say: I'm absolutely convinced that Khalid Sheik Mohammed will be subject to the most exacting demands of justice. The American people insist on it. My administration will insist on it."
One line of thinking is that trying the suspected terrorists in federal court -- rather than using military commissions -- would send a powerful message to the international community and undo some of the damage the Guantanamo Bay detention camp has done to the U.S. image abroad. (continues here at ABC)