U.S. v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, et al.
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In current usage, U.S. v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, et al. is the trial, in a U.S. civilian criminal court, of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other defendants charged with planning and directing the 9/11 attack. The term also can refer to an earlier attempt to try them before a Military Commission at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, during the George W. Bush Administration.
Moving the proceedings to an open Federal District Court in Manhattan, New York City is a controversial policy decision by Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama. There has been continuing pressure both to move it out of New York, and also to send it back to the military.
Holder announced the decision on 13 November 2009, also stating that certain other defendants would still go before military commissions.
Change in venueWhile the Administration has not made a formal announcement, the Washington Post reported that it has been agreed to move it out of New York City. The pressure was not from Republicans alone; Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, wrote a letter to the President, saying
Arguments in favor
Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said "As long as these trials occur in federal criminal courts with proper due-process protections, the actual venue doesn't matter very much. All of our federal courts are equipped and able to handle such cases. That's where they belong and that's where they should stay."