9/11 suspects will not face civilian trials, officials say
Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is among the suspects expected to be tried at Gitmo.
April 4th, 2011
12:33 PM ET

9/11 suspects will not face civilian trials, officials say

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce this afternoon that the 9/11 suspects will not face federal civilian trials as the Obama administration wanted, two U.S. officials and a government source confirmed.

They instead will be tried before military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, the officials said.

The suspects include alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Monhammed.

Read CNN's full coverage of Holder's announcement on 9/11 suspects
Post by:
Filed under: Al Qaeda • Barack Obama • Politics • September 11 • Terrorism • World
soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. LR

    Yes!

    April 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • vinny

      firing squad baby!! Satan has a special "cell" waiting for this dude

      April 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michaelk

      No! This threatens the integrity of our legal system and just makes it that much easier to subject the rest of us to military tribunals.

      The real irony of it all is that those who cheer this decision most, are at the biggest risk for facing their own military tribunal.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      As already stated ... trial by jury is a fundamental corner stone of our society. They should be tried if for no other reason than to see how our tax money is spent. If you do not believe in this ... then move to Iran!

      April 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schroeder

      Ithey are not citizens of the US...... Hence dont have the same rights

      April 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      I agree with Vinny.
      Firing squad...but soak the bullets in bacon grease first..

      April 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Trial by jury has never been limited by citizenship before and set a dangerous standard. I want to know how these people were treated. If tortured the public should know in a public trial! This is a clear effort to suppress this from the voters!

      April 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michaelk

      Is that because they have a different Creator? But wait, you mythology says there is only one Creator and all rights come from that Creator. So tell me how 'we' have rights 'they' don't.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • unknown11

      First Guantanamo stays open. Now the promised trials will not take place. The bills were not published on the internet before they became laws. He did not pull the country together. It is almost like he was pandering and willing to say anything to get elected.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wood

      I am actually excited to see what his next set of promises will be. He might aim a little lower to a more manageable goal .. like .. eating dinner and never missing breakfest

      April 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/critical-mass/

      April 5, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    does that mean they can face the firing squad or be hanged? or just lethal injection only?

    April 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Either way,these guys were tortured but the right-wing media will never tell you about that!

      April 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wood

      ..as well as the left wing media ...

      April 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pZIG98

    You might not like what you Bush was telling you but he was saying what had to be said. Who was the real liar? Hmmm...

    April 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      "The truth of that matter is, if you listen carefully, Saddam would still be in power if he were the president of the United States, and the world would be a lot better off." — George W. Bush, second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004

      April 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

      April 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      My two favorites are:
      "The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case."
      — George W. Bush, Pella, Iowa, as quoted by the San Antonio Express-News, Jan. 30, 2000

      "I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You're doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That's where you started practicing? That's good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me."
      — George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

      April 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lindsay

    FINALLY! And finally, a good call from the DOJ. There's hope...

    April 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Trial by jury is a fundamental corner stone of our society. Public trial .... should be conducted.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schroeder

      Trial by jury is a fundamental right of all "citizens" which they are not

      April 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Trial by jury HAS NEVER BEEN LIMITED BY CITIZENSHIP, RELIGION, NOR IN MODERN TIMES RACE. If true how long before we start revoking citizenship so we can torture and hang people by military tribunal??? I want to see how these people were treated!!! I demand it!

      April 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      Kevin....you had nothing to do with 9/11, you had nothing to do with their capture and you will have nothing to do with their trial and well deserved execution, so just go back to your mundane little life and let the government handle this.
      That's what we pay them for.
      Oh...and make sure you pay your taxes.
      That's all we need from you.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      I don't recall the attacks being made on the US military– but the public at large. The trial should be civilian. A military trial suggests that there are some things our government doesn't want the world to know about 9/11 and the subsequent treatment of POW's at GITMO that would come out at the trial.

      April 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kevjustice

    is ksm really ron jeremy?

    April 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. stickyd8

    YES! The way it should be! These animals don't deserve to be in our courtrooms! About time Holder made a good decision.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michaelk

      So, apparently, you and Holder have already determined guilt? Without a trial or review of the evidence?

      I bet you sympathized with all those Tea Party posters screamng 'Tyranny!' during the health care debate. But when real tyranny raises its head, you just give it a big wet kiss.

      Hope you get the government you deserve.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wood

      it doesnt matter if Holder or joe smoo has already think they are guilty. They are not the ones running the tribunal. Also there has been alot of cases where people were found innocent in military tribunals. this isnt the military's first rodeo.

      April 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Schmidt

      How do you know anyone is an animal without first having a fair trial?

      April 4, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Troika37

    Looks like reality strikes again.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    bush had a hard time.. lots of bad things happen while he was in office.. im sure there was more to it than we will ever know..

    April 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh yeah

      While rumors of terrorist attacks, including ones involving planes being flown into buildings, mounted, Bush was on vacation the entire month of August 2001. Then CIA director George Tenet found out Zacarias Moussaoui was learning to fly a 747 on 8/23 or 24, but didn't notify Bush, because he was out of touch with him all that month. Tenet was also "on leave" and had no daily briefings with Bush.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. larrydavid

    How in the hell are liberals going to spin this story?

    April 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      My thoughts exactly. Somehow the Obama apologists will find a way.....

      April 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • sdsda

      "How in the hell are liberals going to spin this story?"

      As a "liberal"... this goes against my views and makes a mockery of the DOJ. This is one of Obama's biggest failures while in office, and I will probably write-in a candidate I prefer over Obama.

      I'm not tool of agrees with a politicians unless I actually agree with them.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Paul

    Well duh! Holder finally gave up on his ridiculous idea to try them in civilian courts. About time.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bjnj

      His action are driven by Obama's poll numbers. Holder's a light weight. Way over his head. BJNJ

      April 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thenewloon

    good...this is the way it should be

    April 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Barry In Las Vegas

    Another broken promise. Obama keeps finding out that it is easier to campaign than govern. So many promises – so little results.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thenewloon

      he's finding that what he thought he knew as a candidate wasn't anywhere near the reality of what he found out when he was elected...it's easy to promise stuff when you don't have the real information

      April 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      I know, YOU be the POTUS for 2 years and see what decisions you have to make. Then, you can come back to this forum and make a more educated comment. : )

      April 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • israel

      as is the case with 100% of presidencies.....don't you know anything? they make promises to get elected, so do senators and congress reps etc it all sounds grand and dandy on paper but in practice it's impossible because not everyone sees eye to eye with you and when you have a congress that disagrees with EVERYTHING you say, literally EVERYTHING, because they're still butthurt from 2008, it becomes very very hard to get anything done that you said you would do.....is it obamas fault that radical partisan politics are the word of the day in the 2000's?? doubt it

      April 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Are you talking about the majority that the dems held in both the House and the Senate? That Congress that disagreed with everything? What a joke....typical liberal response...."it's not my fault"....

      April 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USA

    Civilian courts would force us to prove the case in front of a trial. Military court allows us to do what we want and render the verdict we want. While it's more than awful what they did, just putting them into a kangaroo court is no better a response.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • israel

      yea it is! they'd do it to us.....honestly i say we hold them without a trial and let them rot in an underground cell for the rest of their days and feed their rotted bodies to the rats.....these ingrates don't deserve a trial of any sorts they deserve to have the crap beat out of them and left to die because that's how they would treat any american they crossed paths with and we all know it

      April 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sublime

      You, sir, have absolutely no understanding of the military judicial system. For the sake of your intelligence, I'm going to assume you were exaggerating when you said it "allows us to do what we want".

      April 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat F

      It was act of war, not a slip and fall, for God's sake!

      It is no coincidence that this quiet little adminission that Bush was RIGHT was done on the same day as his reelection announcement. The Obamessiah's base is unable to chew gum and walk at the same time, so the reelection distraction will work perfectly on the Kool-Aid drinkers.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Pat F

      What sovereign nation declared war on us again? Oh, right, that whole sandy area of the world and all the inhabitants that look brown. A relatively small rag-tag group of sick people caused a lot of damage. No doubt. I'd love to see them executed. But it wasn't a war crime, not by a long shot.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat F

      So the Civil War was not a war because the South was not a nation yet? Libya is not in a war because its rebels do not have nation status yet? The Taliban was not in control of Afghanistan, and giving total financial and logistical support to al Queda?

      The definition of "war" has never been limited to two nations facing each other with perfectly lined-up armies. Think before you talk.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daveil

    Another Obama Administration reversal. Good thing Guantanamo is still open. Maybe they can reverse themselves on a few other things like Healthcare.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      Amen.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • israel

      he just wanted a show trial by asking for a civilian court to handle it, military tribunals are the best way to go about this business....plus they couldn't decide on a location since too many people's feelings are still hurt from events that happened a decade ago

      April 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      @israel- "people's feelings are still hurt from events that happened a decade ago." Really. You're a jerk. "Hurt feelings" for those families, doesn't EVEN begin to scratch the surface of the loss.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mayhem

    What's really important news today is that you can call and get a low rate quote for car insurance with Allstate at 1-866-944-1981.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7