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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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Barack Obama • Politics • September 11 • Terrorism • World
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  1. Rsprings

    Announcing this at the same time as his reelection announcement, COINCIDENCE...I think not. This guy finally realized how wrong this boneheaded idea was. He knows it would be fodder for the GOP. If anyone is fooled by this you are dumber than he is. Please vote this guy out. lack of experience has been a real problem. Plus his choice for his cabinet are really poor. VOTE HIM OUT!!!!!

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

    They aren't americans. not criminals in the traditional sense. they are war time criminals and must be tried as such. there are too many reasons why a civil trial is impossible. good move eric holder... for once. now about those black panther...

    April 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gene Brady

    The Bush administration killed more Americans than Muslims did, why are THEY free? The Bush administration killed Americans for GREED and PROFIT, yet they eat hot dogs at football and basketball games in special seats!!! The Muslims kill in responce to opression and theft of National Resources by American Corporations.

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

      Blah blah blah blah blah....

      April 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. burp

    Since theyre related to odumma they'll walk free. .c'ya at the family reunion barak osama!

    April 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. travis fisher

    Gulf of tonkin we fired on ourselves to escalate vietnam war. 911 quite possible we did the same to start war on terror. Also quite possible we exaggerated wmd to escalate war against sadam hussain. Also quite possible cia shot kennedy. Either way i hope the us was choosing the lesser Of potential evils for the greater good and continued dominance of our way of life. if these men are guilty or innocent its a sacrifice necessary so that i can have the option of pf changs and a movie.

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

      "Gulf of tonkin we fired on ourselves to escalate vietnam war. 911 quite possible we did the same to start war on terror. "

      B.S. take your dishonest and stupid conspiracy theories somewhere else.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marshall W T

    Khalid Sheikh Monhammed master mind of 911?ya right.That guy would have a hard time microwaving popcorn.People need to wake up and think for themselves.It would have been impossible for two jet airliners to crash into two separate buildings and cause hot enough fires to burn down three separate buildings.There is absolutely no evidence to support the official story "lie" ,but, a lot of evidence to the contrary.http://investigate911.org/

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

      I swear there can't be forum on 9/11 without the ridiculous 9/11 twoofers trying to stink it up. Hey pal, planes loaded with jet fuel were flown into the buildings and the resulting fires weakened the structure allowing them to collapse. I know you are so full of hate for this country you want to believe it attacked itself 9/11, but your bogus assertions don't hold up. Grow up.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshabcd

      @ Marshall. You are on the right track man. Most people who totally dismiss anything contrary to the main stream 9/11 story haven't actually studied the subject. I admit that there are a lot of crazy theories out there, but the fact remains that there are thousands of unanswered questions about 9/11 that have not been addressed in public. I advise people unfamiliar with the subject to look into building 7, military war games on 9/11, difficulty of the maneuvers carried out by the jets on 9/11. There is a legitimate untold story regarding the events of 9/11 that has never been resolved according to the opinions if millions of people both in the US and around the globe.

      April 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nic

    They aren't US citizens–they are as basic an enemy of this country as it gets. They are responsible for the attack, and in that sense should be tried by the arm of our system that protects us–our military.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vincent

    I think the majority of you have no idea how a military trial works.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Michigan

      I agree.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stephana

    Just another lie from the odumbo admin. What a fiasco.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joel Raes

    Interesting twist in these events.


    Joel Raes

    April 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard Mavers

    Why did it take nearly 10 years for us to even decide where the trial would be held- this guy is responsible for over 3,000 deaths, many of the survivors and family members of the victims probably won't even live to see the trial. Can we put more priority on cases like this and less on people caught with a bag of marijuana?

    April 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brutus2011

    Holder is violating general international law, which mandates that foreign civilians may not be tried as members of the military. Mohammed and the others should either be tried at the ICC, which would be extremely unlikely to occur, or they should be tried in federal court. Is it just me, or does it seem as though the DOJ has been the one executive department which has disregarded law more than any other, over the past two decades? re: Reno, Ashcroft, Gonzales, and now Holder. Any department entrusted with furthering the rule of law should be better cognizant of international law.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Michigan

      I tend to agree. But I don't think DOJ had much of a choice. They could have waited I guess, but I think we have already stomped all over the speedy trial thing pretty bad.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Justin

    For all those saying trial by jury is a corner stone of our society... Remember... Its a right for american citizens by a jury of your peers... They are not americans...and they really have no "peers"... And let's be honest... Its gunna be hard to find anyone that isn't biased in this case whether you knew anyone there or not... Any civil court will be biased towards a conviction so even then there wouldn't be a fair trial... So why waste the money we don't have to make a big public trial... Plus the extra security that will be required for the courtroom, transportation to and from court... sometimes... Its just best to get over with...

    April 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    This issue is enormously complex in regard to the underlying motives of the 9/11 terrorists.
    The attack on our country was an act of war, and we must deal with it as such.
    I believe that terrorists' reference to us as infidels who must be punished according to religious beliefs is really a mask shown to Americans and to the attackers themselves for hatred of America caused by our advocating the transfer of land long belonging to Arabs to another group, and that we caused this transfer to protect our oil interests. World War II only provided an believable excuse for our action.
    The attack on 9/11 remains an act of war.
    The terrorists should be executed.
    "There will be wars and rumors of wars."
    Forever, I believe.
    Nations are formed by war, and they survive by war.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nic

      Only if someone has beef..

      April 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Michigan

      Yes and only a nation can committ an act of war.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. s. smith

    A military trial means that the DoD can decide what information is released to the public.
    I doubt that I'm the only one who might llike to know how these peasants managed to bypass so effectivley, what was supposed to be the worlds largest and most expensive Security and Military defense systems.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshabcd

      @ Steve, The multiple ongoing war games that were taking place during the attacks may have something to do with it. Especially the ones where jets were flying around the sky "posing" as hijacked aircraft and the ones where false radar blips were inserted onto controller screens to represent "hijacked" aircraft for training purposes.......all happening at the exact same time as the actual attacks....I wonder what the odds of that are.

      April 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
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