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Holder Defends Civilian Court as Best Venue for 9/11 Trial

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder is defending the decision to put alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and others on trial in a New York federal court.

Testifying before a Senate committee this morning, Holder said he's convinced a civilian court in the U.S. is the best venue for the trial. “I asked a lot of questions, and I weighed every alternative. And at the end of the day it was clear to me that the venue in which we are most likely to obtain justice for the American people is in federal court,” Holder says.

Critics of Holder's decision -- mostly Republicans -- have argued the trial will give Mohammed a world stage to spout hateful rhetoric. Holder said such concerns are misplaced and that the public, as well as national intelligence secrets can be protected during a public trial in civilian court.

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