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Gitmo Suspects to be Tried in NYC

It is reported today in the Associated Press that five suspects currently held in detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are going to be tried for their crimes in civilian courts in New York City.  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged 9-11 mastermind, and four other detainees would be the first to go on trial.

The Obama administration initially claimed that it would shut down the extra-legal prison by January, 22, 2010.  Doesn’t look like it’s going to happen in that time frame.

“The New York case may also force the court system to confront a host of difficult legal issues surrounding counter-terrorism programs begun after the 2001 attacks, including the harsh interrogation techniques once used on some of the suspects while in CIA custody. The most severe method — waterboarding, or simulated drowning — was used on Mohammed 183 times in 2003, before the practice was banned,” reports the AP.  A federal judge in New York is about to have its hands full.

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