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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Top House Democrat questions 9/11 criminal trials | Politics | Reuters

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Top House Democrat questions 9/11 criminal trials | Politics | Reuters: "The chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Representative Ike Skelton, cast doubt on Friday about the Obama administration's decision to try the September 11, 2001, conspirators in a U.S. criminal court.Skelton, a fellow Democrat of President Barack Obama, asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to brief the committee about the decision to use the criminal courts instead of the revamped military commissions.
'As a former prosecutor, I am not yet convinced that the right decision was made in these cases, nor that the presumption in favor of federal criminal trials over military tribunals for these detainees should continue,' Skelton said in a letter to the two officials.
Holder this week defended his decision to move the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, and four other alleged conspirators to a federal criminal court in New York from military commissions."

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