Pentagon Announces Military Commission Trial For KSM, 9/11 Co-Conspirators

The Defense Department announced today that it has approved a military commissions trial at Guantanamo Bay for Khalid Sheik Mohammad and four co-defendents who are all accused of being “responsible for the planning and execution of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.” According to the DOD press release, the Office of Military Commissions “referred the case to a capital military commission, meaning that, if convicted, the five accused could be sentenced to death.” The accused were charged in 2008 but those charges were later dropped in 2010 as part of an Obama administration plan to try the defendants in federal courts. After widespread opposition to that proposal, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he was sending the case back to the military.