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King Statement on Obama Administration Decision on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Trial

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Washington, D.C. (Monday, April 4, 2011) – Today, ­U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried in a military commission:

“Today’s decision to abandon plans to try admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators in civilian court in New York City is a long-awaited step in the right direction. 

“As I have been saying since day one, these terror trials belong in a military commission at Guantanamo.  I am absolutely shocked that it took Attorney General Holder 507 days to come to this realization.    

“Today’s reversal is yet another vindication of President Bush’s detention policies by the Obama Administration, and is welcome news to the families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, who will finally see long-awaited justice.”