As federal authorities prepare to bring their case against the attempted Times Square bomber Fiasal Shahzad, questions still loom over where, and how, the Department of Justice will try Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and the other alleged 9/11 conspirators.
At a news conference to explain Shahzad's apprehension and status, Attorney General Eric Holder was asked about KSM and the 9/11 defendants. He gave few clues as to how DoJ and the Obama White House are leaning, but he did say that New York is still being considered as a venue.
"We are considering a number of options...where that trial will be held, and I will leave it at that," Holder said.
Asked if the administration is still considering a trial in New York, as originally planned, Holder acknowledged that it was.
Shahzad's case, evidently being brought in a civilian court in New York (he's a naturalized American citizen) has already brought renewed controversy over the way we handle and prosecute alleged terrorists, as Marc has noted
. Attention to the still-pending KSM decision has died down lately, but it wouldn't be terribly surprising if Shahzad's case resurrected it.
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