The Obama administration, ending more than a year of indecision with a major policy reversal, will prosecute Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other people accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks before a military commission and not a civilian court, as it once planned.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Monday that he has cleared military prosecutors at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to file war-crimes charges against the five detainees in the Sept. 11 case.
Mr. Holder had decided in November 2009 to move the case to a federal civilian courtroom in New York City, but the White House abandoned that plan amid a political backlash.
Kind of like it abandoned the plan to close Guantanamo, stop renditioning around the world, close the CIA Blackhole prisons, and virtually every other 9/11, Bush-era, war on terror-related promise it made in 2008.
I think I remember writing something like "I'll believe it when I see it" when Obama announced all of the above.
So what really drove this latest policy reversal? [Checks calendar]
Gasp...we're 18 months away from the next presidential election. [slaps forehead]