UPDATE: Video Of David Beamer.
"I am thankful there are three branches if government," David Beamer, father of Todd Beamer, United 93 hero upon hearing that Holder had caved to the will of the people and would be tyring the 911 jihadists in military tribunals.
On the same dark day that Obama announced his plans to run for a deleterious second term with a billion-dollar campaign (ugh), there came the first 2012 election ploy. Just hours later came Department of Justice Holder's simultaneous announcement that the 911 mastermind and his jihadi killer cohorts will be tried by a military commission.
What is telling is that the Obama administration knows what the people want and what is right, but champions the opposite until .....election time. Obama does one thing well: campaigning. And so he begins early. Imagine 18 months of O-campaigning. Oh, the pain of it.
If America dares re-elect this betrayer, we are finished as a nation.
Holder, in a arrogant and whiny display, blamed the Congress for the change of course.
Attorney General Eric Holder: Congress 'Tied Our Hands'
In a sharp reversal of the Obama administration's policy on trying Sept. 11 suspects in U.S. courts, mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators will be tried in a military commission at Guantanamo Bay.
Attorney General Eric Holder today placed the blame squarely on Congress for creating conditions where the Department of Justice cannot try them in a federal court, saying their decision would gravely impact U.S. national security and counterterrorism efforts.
They "tied our hands in a away that could have serious ramifications," he said today. "In reality, I know this case in a way that members of Congress do not. Do I know better than them? Yes."
Mohammed was to have been tried in New York City, but city officials strongly objected to the move and Congress refused to appropriate funds to house Guantanamo inmates on mainland United States and to provide funds for a trial of extraordinary expense.
Holder said he stands by his decision to try the terror suspects in U.S. federal courts, but was forced to resume the military commission because realistically, "those restrictions are unlikely to be overturned in the near future." He added that the Obama administration still intends to eventually close the detainee center altogether, as the president had announced after becoming president.
Obama, both as candidate and as president, strongly objected to the military tribunals set up by the Bush administration. In 2006, he said their structure was "poorly thought out" and immediately upon taking office, he signed an executive order to close the detainee center at Guantanamo Bay. He later said that the tribunals "failed to establish a legitimate legal framework and undermined our capability to ensure swift and certain justice."
The White House today had little to say about the president's reversal of policy.
"I think that the president's primary concern is that the perpetrators -- the accused perpetrators -- of that terrible attack on the American people be brought to justice as swiftly as possible and as fairly as possible," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today. "Congressional opposition has created obstacles that's been very hard to overcome."
An 80-page indictment unsealed today by the Justice Department notes the challenges of bringing the trials to the United States.
"Both the public generally, and the victims of the terrorism attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, and their families specifically, have a strong interest in seeing the defendants prosecuted in some forum," the document states. "Because a timely prosecution in federal court does not appear feasible, the Attorney General intends to refer this matter to the Department of Defense to proceed in military commissions."
Mohammed confessed to his role in the attacks in 2008. He will be tried alongside Walid Muhammed Salih Mubarak Bin Attash, Ramzi Bin Al Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Al Hawsawi, the four Sept. 11 co-conspirators Mohammed was undergoing proceedings with the first time around.
New York City projected it would cost more than $400 million to provide security for the pre-trial preparation and trial of the suspects in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It would have cost another $206 million annually if the trial ran beyond two years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office estimated.
Republicans today were quick to pounce on the Obama administration's decision that they say is long overdue.
"It's unfortunate that it took the Obama administration more than two years to figure out what the majority of Americans already know: that 9-11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is not a common criminal, he's a war criminal," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said in a statement. "I hope the Obama administration will stop playing politics with our national security and start treating foreign terrorists like enemy combatants."
Obama first announced his decision to resume military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay in March, after fierce, bipartisan resistance over trying suspects in U.S. courts.
The $725 billion National Defense Authorization Act that Obama signed Jan. 7 explicitly prohibits the use of Defense Department funds to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to the United States or other countries. It also bars Pentagon funds from being used to build facilities in the United States to house detainees, as the president originally suggested.
The move essentially barred the administration from trying detainees in civilian courts. The president objected to the provision in the bill before signing it, calling it "a dangerous and unprecedented challenge to critical executive branch authority" but also said his team would work with Congress to "seek repeal of these restrictions."
The official said the announcement would be formally made by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder later on Monday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
President Barack Obama on March 7 lifted a two-year freeze on new military trials at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, saying the U.S. Congress was hurting national security by blocking his attempts to move some trials into U.S. civilian courts.
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