Five alleged 9/11 terrorists are on their way to be tried in New York for their alleged part in the organisation of the events of 9/11.
After eight years in Guantanamo and exposure to torture which finally made them “confess” to their roles in the attacks we will finally see them in court.
“I am absolutely convinced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be subject to the most exacting demands of justice,” President Obama said in Tokyo. “The American people will insist on it and my administration will insist on it.”
But what happens if KSM or any of the other 9/11 defendants the Obama administration is bringing to New York for criminal prosecutions — including Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi — are somehow found not guilty?
Attorney General Eric Holder brushed off the question, saying, “I would not have authorized the bringing of these prosecutions unless I thought that the outcome — in the outcome we would ultimately be successful. I will say that I have access to information that has not been publicly released that gives me great confidence that we will be successful in the prosecution of these cases in federal court.”
Not everyone is so confident, of course. KSM, for instance, was subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques” that many consider torture. This includes being waterboarded 183 times in a month.