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  1. #1 KSM to be tried by military commission at Gitmo; 
    KSM to be tried by military commission at Gitmo; Holder set to make announcement today
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    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, arrested Al Qaeda leader and mastermind of September 11 terrorist attack, after his capture during raid in Pakistan.
    (Credit: AP)

    Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET

    Attorney General Eric Holder today will announce that self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad will be tried in a military commission, the CBS News Investigative Unit has learned. A source says the commission will be held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

    Holder is expected to announce the decision in a news conference today at 2 p.m.

    Trying Mohammed in a civilian court and closing the Guantanamo prison were once some of the Obama administration's top priorities, but political realities have hamstrung both goals.

    In November 2009, Holder announced that Mohammed and four other alleged Sept. 11 plotters would be tried in New York City, but he scrapped that plan in the wake of public consternation. Republicans and some others in Washington said the decision compromised national security, while a CBS News poll at the time showed that most Americans thought such suspects should be tried in a closed military court.

    Holder said on CBS' "Face the Nation" last July that he preferred trying the alleged terrorists in civilian court because the United States has an "extremely capable" court system that has proven effective in these kind of cases.

    "I think there's a lot of misinformation out there. We have proven an ability to hold in our federal prison system people convicted of, charged with terrorist offenses very effectively, very safely," he said.

    Congress in the past year has tried to undermine the administration's goal of closing Guantanamo by restricting funding for such policy changes -- for instance, a defense bill Mr. Obama signed in January blocked the use of Defense Department dollars to transfer Guantanamo suspects to U.S. soil for trial.

    Meanwhile, the case of Ahmed Ghailani, the first Guantanamo detainee to be tried in civilian court, last year cracked open the debate over how to bring to justice detainees in the "war on terror." Ghailani was convicted of one conspiracy charge but acquitted of more than 280 other charges related to his role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.

    Last month, Mr. Obama approved the resumption of military trials for detainees at the Guantanamo prison, ending a two-year ban. The move illustrated Mr. Obama's acknowledgment that he will not be able to fulfill his promise to close the prison any time soon -- Mr. Obama said on the 2008 campaign trail that he would close Guantanamo within his first year in office. Still, Mr. Obama said last month that he remained committed to trying terror suspects in federal courts.

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    Gitmo is staying open for the forseeable future, military commissions are back on, wars still going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. Looks like Bush is serving a third term after all!
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    I haven't stopped by the DUmp. I take it that they are all on the edge after this?
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    He still looks like he has the combined scent of a thousand camels. What a piece of garbage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmPat View Post
    He still looks like he has the combined scent of a thousand camels. What a piece of garbage.
    Not as big a piece of shit as Holder who believed that this asshole deserved the same rights as the 3000 Americans he crushed and burned to death.
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    I love how they photo shopped Roises face on that pic lol
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    Military tribunals have standards for appearance. That means that he will have to appear with appropriate haircut and facial hair IAW AR670-1. The waxing of his back will make waterboarding feel like a hot oil massage. :D

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    I haven't stopped by the DUmp. I take it that they are all on the edge after this?
    Of course. They have to prove their moral superiority by demanding that terrorists be treated better than their victims.
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    I love how they photo shopped Roises face on that pic lol
    Hey! He may be a terrorist piece of garbage, but that's a low blow. He's better looking than Rosie, and his mustache is much better groomed. :D
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