WE'RE HAVING COMPANY - AT 8:23 A.M. ET: Let's do a little special cleaning. Company is coming, as The New York Times reports:
WASHINGTON — Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and four other men accused in the plot will be prosecuted in federal court in New York City, a federal law enforcement official said early on Friday.
But the administration will prosecute Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri — the detainee accused of planning the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen — and several other detainees before a military commission, the official said.
The decisions to give civilian prosecutors detainees accused of the 2001 terrorist attacks and keep the case of the Cole attack within the military system are expected to be announced at the Department of Justice later on Friday by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because that news conference has not yet taken place.
COMMENTS: That means the United States Courthouse in Foley Square, site of many famous trials. For those of you unfamiliar with Manhattan, that's only blocks from Ground Zero, so a fitting place for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to be tried.
But watch - the ultralibs in Manhattan will try to bring coffee to the defendant every day, or whatever they drink in the caves over there, just to show their multicultural spirit.
November 13, 2009