Ahead of a November 16 deadline, the Justice Department is readying a decision on how to bring some of Guantanamo's most infamous detainees to trial.
Officials insist that as of last night, when senior officials most recently met, Attorney General Eric Holder hadn't decided which detainees to try and where to put them on trial: either in federal courts or by the new military commission process that Congress ratified last month. Nonetheless, some clues about Justice's thinking are emerging.
ITEM: Early reports that as many as two dozen detainees would be disposed of during this first flight of announcements are false. Officials expect the announcement to focus on fewer than 20 -- perhaps as few as a dozen.
ITEM: Outside analysts expect that many, if not all, of the September 11 co-conspirators -- five in total -- will discover their near-term fates. And they highly doubt that the administration will announce that it has decided to indefinitely detain any of them. Those decisions will be made later.
ITEM: There are strong indications that the administration wants to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the lead planner of the 9/11 attacks, in federal court. Where? That's a closely guarded secret. It could be the Southern District of New York -- in Lower Manhattan; it could be Arlington, VA; it could be Newport News, VA. Or somewhere else.