September 11 Suspect to Have Trial in NY

Bin LadenThe self-described mastermind behind the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, will be tried in federal court in New York City, along with four others who are also accused of helping plot the devastating attack.

This is all a big part of finally shutting down Guantanamo Bay. The detainees are not being moved right away, because of a law congress enacted earlier this year that says lawmakers must be given 45 days notice before the executive branch decides to move and Guantanamo Bay prisoners onto United States soil.

Closing Guantanamo Bay was one of the first things President Barack Obama said he would do as president. “I’m absolutely convinced that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed will be subject to the most exacting demands of justice,” Mr. Obama said. “The American people insist on it, and my administration insists on it.”

One of the biggest problems with closing Guantanamo Bay was decided what to do with the prisoners. Many states when asked claimed they did not have enough law enforcement of resources to safely house the detainees, which is when New York City stepped up to the plate.

In March, the administration has brought Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, suspected of the 1998 bombing of the United States embassies in Africa, to face trail in New York, which absolutely no problem.

Senator Charles F. Schumer said that the city is very well accustomed to handling high-profile terror suspects. “Bottom line is we have had terrorists housed in New York before,” Mr. Schumer said at a March news conference at the Capitol with other Democratic leaders. “They’ve been housed safely.”

“The main concern is bringing these terrorists to justice and making sure the public is safe,” Mr. Schumer continued. “I have faith that the administration will do both.”

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