AG Eric Holder Defends Criminal Trials for 9/11 Terror Suspects

Attorney General Eric Holder today testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee. He defended the Administration's decision to try the 9/11 defendants in a federal criminal court rather than a military tribunal.

Holder defended criminal trials as a successful method for prosecuting terrorism suspects, noting that security at past trials has been tight with no incidents and they make it easier to get guilty pleas from suspects.

"They are tested ... they are secure, we have tried these cases in a safe manner," Holder told a House Appropriations subcommittee. "Our allies around the world support us in bringing these cases in (criminal) courts."

Does that mean the Administration will stick to its guns? A decision is weeks, but not months, away Holder said. Holder also said we'll never capture Bin Laden alive. I think he's right on that one. That train left the station years ago, courtesy of the Bush Administration.

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    i'm not at all convinced (none / 0) (#1)
    by cpinva on Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 02:07:26 AM EST
    bin laden is still alive. he was an ill man 8 years ago. living in caves and constantly on the run usually isn't prescribed for someone with long-term diseases, requiring constant medical care.

    not that it mattered much to the bush administration, which suffered from foreign policy ADHD.

    Whenever the Obama administratiion... (none / 0) (#2)
    by mcl on Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 02:29:38 PM EST
    ...Says the right thing, at this point, you have to suspect that it's either an accident, or a cover for some sort of cowardly scheme to reneg on yet another of their promises to uphold the constitution and preserve the rule of law.