AG defends bringing 9/11 suspects to NYC
(AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder is tellingsenators "failure is not an option" when it comes to theprosecution of professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder has beenexplaining his decision to bring Mohammed and four other terrorsuspects from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay to federalcourt in Manhattan for a civilian trial.
Asked about the possibility of an acquittal, Holder stated:"These are cases that have to be won." But he added if any of thefive are acquitted, they will not be released in the United States.
Sen. Jon Kyl challenged the wisdom of Holder's decision to bringthe case to civilian courts. Noting that Mohammed had sought toplead guilty before a military commission, the Arizona Republicandrew applause when he asked: "How could he be more likely to get aconviction than that?"
Holder responded that the decision on how to prosecute the casewould not be based "on the whims or the desires of Khalid SheikhMohammed."