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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Holder announced that 9/11 conspirators would face military trials
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On April 4, 2011, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other co-conspirators will be tried before a military commission for their roles in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Holder cited the effects of legal delay on the victims and their families as the principal reason for his decision to try the accused terrorists in military proceedings. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had earlier decried the use of military commissions in March 2010, claiming that it undermined American legal values. Prior to Holder's announcement, the Obama administration had indicated that it would seek federal trials for the accused terrorists in November 2009. Holder previously supported this view and defended the use of civilian courts as vital to national security. However, the cases were referred to the Department of Defense (DOD) after Congressional restrictions barred transfer of the detainees to the US.

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