The alleged and self-confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, will be tried by a military commission in the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Four other men, accused of involvement in the incidents, will also be tried there.
The US Attorney General, Eric Holder, said on Monday that he still thinks the best place for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to be tried, is in an American civil court, but some politicians had prevented that from happening.
“Members of Congress have intervened and imposed restrictions blocking the Administration from bringing any Guantanamo detainees to trial in the United States, regardless of the venue. As the President has said, those unwise and unwarranted restrictions undermine our counter-terrorism efforts and could harm our national security,” Holder said.
In 2009 President Obama signed the order for Guantanamo Bay to be closed down.
Much of the opposition to trying Guantanamo inmates in US courts was about security, as well as giving prisoners full US legal rights.
For Obama, Monday’s announcement is an admission that he has been unable to overcome that opposition.