May 31st, 2011
02:25 PM ET

Official: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 9/11 conspirators to be re-charged for tribunal

The Pentagon will announce Tuesday that charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged co-conspirators in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are being refiled to allow prosecution before a military tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval base, a defense official confirmed.

The move comes after the Obama administration dropped plans to prosecute the suspects in federal court in New York.

Besides Mohammed, the other suspects to face charges of participating in the 9/11 plot are Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi. All five are at Guantanamo.

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  1. The Dude

    May 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. _aleph_

    Apparently CNN doesn't moderate these posts. Theree appear to be a lot of nasty children using nasty words here because their parents aren't watching (or don't care).

    May 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ben

    Will all of you IDIOTS who think someone set explosives in the towers PLEASE go see a PHSYCIATRIST IMEDIATELY. Your in DESPERATE need of MENTAL HELP.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      What famous author once said, "I can't believe how stupid people can be." ?

      June 1, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. ben

    Oops-meant you're.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ben

    You nut jobs should be locked away in a padded room for your own safety because you're certifiably loony.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. molten steel? LMAO

    @jj. Who cares if burning jet fuel can melt steel. It can't vaporize hardened floor-truss bolts. VAPORIZED steel. Got it? (forensics identified bolts vaporized, not melted. what an idiot)

    May 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      You can make your point with out calling some one names.

      May 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Interesting. How does one identify a bolt once it's been vaporized?

      The conspiracy theorists are coming up with more and more nonsensical arguements every day.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sheiko da Chimp

    Hi I was wondering if you could direct me to the president Bush or Dick Cheney's homepage or phone number as I would like to attend tribune. Thanks in advance.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. H. B.

    Uh, ben? Those able to believe that the girders of the towers melted, or softened enough to permit collapse, entirely because of the heat from jet fuel, don't need psychologists as much as they need education. But they do need BOTH. The hottest jet fuel is 1000 degrees F too cool. It was impossible for it to cause the collapses. The Laws of Thermodynamics rule here. They can't be changed, anywhere in the cosmos. Not even Bush and Cheney could get around the Laws of Thermodynamics, or even put them on "hold" for a day.

    Furthermore, the towers were, if anything, over-engineered for precisely such disasters. They WOULD have remained standing, even with many floors burned out. The designers knew that with a huge international airport and several Air Force bases nearby, a collision was more than a mere possibility. They designed specifically for that. And their design was superb – it held. Until the explosions – some in the basement – were heard. WE could hear them on some of the videos, too.

    Similarly, airplane parts and corpses do NOT just "vaporize" from jet fuel heat, either. It has never happened yet, and it never CAN. You believe it because you WANT to. That's where the psychologist might be of help.

    What CAN make those girders fail and collapse is only one thing: thermite. Used only for building demolitions. Only thermite. Demolition experts in Europe have ALL said it had to be a demolition job. Nothing else could do it. Are you saying they also need mental help? You could run out of people that way, pal. Not to mention credibility.

    Perhaps you can explain how thermite got wrapped around those girders in precisely the manner that would make the towers collapse straight down, into their own footprints. Ghosts, maybe? A wrathful god? Termites? If you think Muslim extremists put it there, you need an explanation of HOW they pulled it off, you know. It takes more than just thermite to demolish such huge buildings; it also took a long time to study it and plan it properly, so the charges could be placed just right to get the result they got.

    What you need, chum, is some basic science. It holds up better than getting emotional and offering no facts at all.

    Just calling people idiots in need of mental help doesn't make it so. You obviously reject the science. Not everybody is like you.

    But people don't WANT to look at the obvious truth, because it scares them. Moreover, it may be one thing to know HOW these things were done, and even to know the military was involved in it – but it's another thing entirely to point to specific culprits so they can be tried for it. We know what was done, and we know how it was done, but we don't know who the specific maggots were who made it happen. And most people don't want to find out, either.

    But there IS a price for wallowing in our denial. It worked once, and could be made to work again. Some people think that price is too high, but those in denial aren't able to think in those terms. So next time around, it'll shock them as much as the first time, and it will turn out the same way – because they let it. If they don't realize they've made a choice, it doesn't change the fact that that is precisely what they HAVE DONE. So be it.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christian Nally

      The temperature inside the burning building is NOT set by the temperature of burning jet fuel.

      The temperature inside is a result of balance... on one hand there is the total heat generated by the burning of all materials within the structure (adding more heat raises the temperature which ignites more and more materials etc.)

      On the other side of the balance is the structures ability to liberate heat by being cooled from the outside. (Said another way... the heat must escape, and it does leak out, but only at the rate permitted by the materials). You need to take into account the heat capacity of the materials, the inflow of air, the ability of the building to radiate, etc.

      The jet fuel merely acted as an ignition source. Once that was burned, it was a matter of how much stuff inside the structure it managed to light on fire.

      Need some more education, perhaps?

      May 31, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      *Sigh* Please just pick up the Popular Mechanics book on this subject. They've got actual engineers and scientists, people with experience and credentials, explaining all of this. Don't waste your time with some looney dorks talking through their hats.

      So, how about that moon landing fake? And who killed JFK? Huh? Oh, and that cool Roswell alien autopsy!

      June 1, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Official Director, Oval Office Division

    @ Shiek.Cheney is recovering from his heart operation. (remove and replace) And are you referring to Dubya or Aitch Dubya?

    May 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Downunder is home

    After 10 years of special interest in this unnatural disaster. Spending time visiting, living and researching human rights in 35 countries in the last decade throughout (not solely for the purpose of investigating 9/11) Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Americas. Countless face to face conversations with citizens and a few foreign ministers from different ethnic backgrounds. I can say from a non-bias opinion (I'm not from the US) and personal experience that the ONLY people who believe that a Muslim terrorist organization attacked the World Trade center are US citizens and people with ties to the US. This is the reality we live in and as common citizens of planet earth we have a right to know why normal hard working people from around the world are being sent to fight wars which have no just reason for existing.
    I was advised not to travel from Egypt through Gaza into Israel. I was advised not to travel from Jordan through Syria into Turkey because I travel on Western passport. I did anyway and what did I encounter? A majority of friendly faces, intelligent people. Happy people. I encountered a minority of anti-western people who did not attack me. They rationalized their intent as freedom. I rarely read these articles as they have very little educational content. I believe if more US citizens traveled to these places and drew their own conclusions not those of the CNN, FOX and BBC's of this world then the Media will have little to no effect in human thinking and logic will eventually prevail. Thank you taking the time to read.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Really? You've obviously not spoken to the same people in Asia and Latin America that I have in the past 10 years. I call BS.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    @ citizenUSA:
    I really like your stoning idea.
    "Let the punishment fit the crime."

    May 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Hey Joey

      May 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ben

    You people are absolutely certifiable nut jobs. Of course heat from jet fuel can melt steel you MORON, steel fabricators melt steel with far less heat than that especially the steel workers from the middle ages, GET A CLUE, by the way here's your SIGN-YOU IDIOT. @downhomeisunder, apparently you missed all the terrorist bombings in Arab countries by radical muslims, too bad maybe if you'd been close to one you'd have a clue by now. GOOD GREIF WHERE DO THESE IDIOTS COME FROM. Natural selection definitely went astray when it allowed dumbas ses like you people to live past puberty.

    May 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Maybe he thinks Israel and the US are doing it all, some great conspiracy to enslave the world.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey

    Hello. Jazzzzzzzz.

    May 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      The NUTS have been hogging these blogs for wks now; when will it stop? And you've been trolled just as bad as anyone else, how do you stand it ?

      May 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ben

    Also you Dumba ss they took all of the asbestos out of the twin towers which made it even more vulnerable to fire than it already was. Onto top of that you idiot, it wasn't the fire in and of itself that caused the collapse, the fire weaken the steel support beams which caused the beams to twist and turn, eventually causing the collapses. Learn,Think,Post in that order please.

    May 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey

    Jazzzzzzzz–did you mean me? How do I stand it?
    I love it when I get highjacked: if somebody is that jealous of me, I must be doing something right!

    May 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Yes of course I meant you. They always go after the smart ones , although I haven't seen Philip get it but then again he hasn't been on the blogs a lot lately... wonder why.

      May 31, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
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