It’s already been all over the news, but in case you missed it, here’s a quick recap via an L.A. Times email alert:
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four accused co-conspirators will be tried by a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, instead of in a civilian court in New York, it was widely reported today.
U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder is expected to make the formal announcement at a scheduled news conference later today.
The Obama administration had pushed to try Mohammed in a civilian court in New York. But last month, Obama lifted a freeze on new military trials at Guantanamo Bay, arguing that Congress was hurting national security by blocking his attempts to move some trials into civilian courts in the United States.
More soon at: http://www.latimes.com/.
I’m sure Fayiz al-Kandari will be thrilled.
Always looking forward, never backward, right Congress (added)? Except for one thing: This is really backward. At the moment, I’m too disappointed to go further with this, and if you’ve followed my previous posts about all things Guantanamo Bay (and I suggest you scroll through them and read), you know why.
All my previous posts on this subject matter can be found here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here (very similar to Hicks’ in that he was sold for bounty).
Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.