President Barack Obama’s administration has backpedaled on prosecuting terror suspects in U.S. courts with the announcement that September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried in a military commission at Guantanamo Bay.
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, (KY-D), tells WFPL News that he supports the Department of Justice’s decision despite having no misgivings about putting terror suspects on trial in U.S. courts.
“As long as high security standards were met, I would not have a problem with Khalid Sheikh Mohammad being tried in a civilian court of law,” says Yarmuth. “However, for such a critically important case, I trust the professional prosecutors to make the decision as to where they can best bring this terrorist to justice.”
Civil liberties advocates have criticized Mr. Obama’s reversal on this issue, calling it a “flip flop” that “is completely wrong” and contrary to the U.S. Constitution.
During a press conference, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that Congress had tied the administration’s hands and that he was left without a choice but to put Mohammed and four co-conspirators on trial before a military tribunal.
Mohammed confessed to his role in the attacks in 2008.