Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four codefendants accused of organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks are meeting to plot legal strategy ahead of their transfer to New York and are learning as much as possible about criminal procedure in U.S. federal court, according to sources familiar with the detainees' deliberations.
Although the five men wanted to plead guilty in a military commission earlier this year to hasten their executions, sources now say that the detainees, who are at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, favor participating in a full-scale federal trial to air their grievances and to expose their treatment while previously held by the CIA at secret prisons.
The terror suspects wanted to plead guilty to hasten their executions, but the Obama administration insisted on a trial in New York.
We're going to spend millions of dollars running that trial in New York.
The terror suspect will use that trial in New York as an international forum to spread anti American propaganda.
That makes no sense.