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
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  1. SKEE HEE

    Pretty damn good that the country that is supposed to be the shining beacon for Justice has to revert to military courts.
    This is yet one more sign that we are in decline as a society.
    All the civilian court trials so far with these monsters have resulted in harsh convictions. But it looks better when the People's Courts do the trial, not the military.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justin

    This forum has just ruined my day. To say that they don't deceive a fair trial goes against everything we as Americans stand for. We don't even know if these guys did it. Someone told you they did it and you may not ask questions about it. Who is the inhumane party here?

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

      Another defeat for Obozo. His illegal obozocare law will also be reversed.

      This administration is losing big time. Glad to see it.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Christopher

    This is a massive defeat for the left wing liberals. They tried to give their terrorist allies a voice while wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. I'm glad to see they were WHOOPED and now have to crawl back into their left wing hole to think of their next anti american scheme.
    Thank god for Fox news which exposed this in the first place.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ch1985

      If you like being force-fed the intellectual dribble that is on Fox News, why aren't you reading them?

      April 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tarun

    Why bother with a trial at all ? Might as well cut off their heads and you-tube the videos to a cheering audience. That is *true* justice! Who cares about stupid things like due process of law ? We want to execute all terrorists! No one should care about niggling things like concrete evidence and magnitude of criminal guilt !

    April 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    There goes my chance to be on the jury.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew Tyler

    Okay, fair enough. Now.... WHEN?!?
    It's been close to 10 years since 911.
    What the hell is the matter with our system of justice?
    Why has it taken this long to make a decision as simple as where they will be tried.
    They should have been tried and executed all within the first year.
    Pathetic.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teacher

      meanwhile we are paying for his room and board, food, electricity, guards to watch him.... Thousands to millions of $$ wasted. waste waste waste

      April 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kuzinjethro

    It's about time this administration wised up. Trying these low-life barf-bags in a civilian court would've been a three-ring circus, and the media would've had a field day with every last bit of it. Maybe there's hope after all?

    April 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim Michigan

    Well, I don't think it was a decision that was made by the Administration rather by congress by withholding funds for bringing them here. That having been said, I think it is cowardly and an affront to our system of justice not to try him in a civilian court. Have we let the terrorist affect our way of life so much that we don't even dare try them in the country they attacked. Let me make it clear I do not blame the Administration for this blame lies straight on the Congress.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Teacher

    Is the happenings of Military court made public to the people? This sounds like an attempt to keep what happends in the court room secret. And killing him isn't the American thing to do; All people deserve a trial, grow up

    April 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rsprings

      Of course, the trial proceedings will be public records...hope you are not really a teacher.

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

      Do you really believe that these people deserve a fair trial? The wrath of god is what these people deserve. Pigs.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick

      nic – it isn't about what they deserve. It's about what we owe ourselves. It's about us having the courage of our convictions. Is America about extra-judicial killings and blood lust or is it a nation of laws?

      If these guys are as bad as you say (and I don't doubt that they are), then what are you worried about? Put them on trial, in public and let the truth be told.

      And if you're worried that, despite being so obviously guilty, they might get off ... then you probably need to ask yourself some hard questions about the American justice system and what the government did and is doing in your name.

      Sunshine is the best disinfectant.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Michigan

      The one thing is that the death penalty is less likely to be imposed in a military trial. Under military justice someone who pleads guilty can't usually get the death penalty and he has already plead guilty. I just think it is giving into the idea of terrorism if we change what we would normally do and have done successfully many many times.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Michigan

      Hey Nic, their God or yours? I thought Gods rath ended with the old Testament. Christ taught forgiveness and turn the other cheek or do we read different books?

      April 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. drc

    So the reality has finally been accepted by the Obama Administration? It was nice to hear all the things Obama wanted to do as part of hope and change, but once he got in office he had to accept that what he knew was nothing prior to being President and now he has to deal with reality.

    That is what you get when you elect someone with zero experience into the highest office in the world.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sunny

    Now they will be able to meet the 72 virgins. BTW, nobody has mentioned anywhere that they are females!

    April 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    these people hate our way of life and moral character therefor they should not be allowed the right to a civil or fair trial. the 911 victims were killed unfairly so should these morons.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Michigan

      Mike, ever heard of Mai Li? I hope I didn't mess up the spelling to bad.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    We really need a trial here? Just saying I think we should go straight to the stoning.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ryan

    They should have been executed 9 years ago. The fact that the left wing tried to give these enemies a voice while draining large amounts of tax payer dollars is an absolute outrage.
    You liberals are just as much an enemy to this country as those terrorists.

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

      Ah there you go, bring back the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. You have a Republican majority, it is possible. Well I don't know I don't think they would even cater to their lunitic fringe base that far.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michael

    Hey everyone. Let's not forget what seperates us from them. How would they treat us? Do we act the same?

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