Gitmo: The prison that keeps causing trouble

Associated Press
At left a March 1, 2003 photo obtained by the Associated Press shows Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind,  shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. At right, a photo downloaded from the Arabic language Internet site and purporting to show a man identified by the Internet site as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the Sep. 11 attacks,  is seen in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The picture was allegedly taken in July 2009 by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and released only to the detainee's family under a new policy allowing the ICRC  to photograph Guantanamo inmates, ICRC spokesman Bernard Barrett said Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. A federal law enforcement official says professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators are being referred to the system of military commissions for trial. (AP Photo/

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The Obama administration has given up its bid to try September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court, a move that leaves plans to close Guantanamo Bay hanging by a thread.

President Barack Obama once vowed to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects and move its remaining detainees. But he has been unable to fulfill that promise.

Mohammed and other detainees are now being held at Guantanamo, and that's where a military commission trial for Mohammed and his four alleged coconspirators would probably be conducted.

Republicans went on the attack when Attorney General Eric Holder announced the military commission for Mohammed, calling Obama "inexperienced and naïve" for his earlier insistence on a civilian trial.

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