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In quotes: US 9/11 trial reactions

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in July 2009

The political reaction to the US decision to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York have largely been along party lines.

There has been support from President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats and criticism from Republicans.

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, NEW YORK MAYOR

"It is fitting that 9/11 suspects face justice near the World Trade Center site where so many New Yorkers were murdered."

JOHN BOEHNER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPUBLICAN LEADER

The Obama administration's irresponsible decision to prosecute the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks in New York City puts the interests of liberal special interest groups before the safety and security of the American people.

The possibility that Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-conspirators could be found not guilty due to some legal technicality just blocks from Ground Zero should give every American pause [for thought].

HOWARD MCKEON, SENIOR REPUBLICAN ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICED COMMITTEE

The president's decision to bring 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to the United States for trial in the United States federal courts will once again delay bringing justice to the victims and their families, introduces unnecessary risk to the citizens of New York, and undermines the legitimacy of the military commissions system...

By choosing to prosecute these terrorists in our domestic criminal system, the president has revealed that he views the terrorist attacks on New York City and the nation's capital as a crime - not as an act of war. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his cohorts violated the law of war and should be prosecuted in a war tribunal.

PATRICK LEAHY, DEMOCRATIC CHAIR OF SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

By trying them [9/11 suspects] in our federal courts, we demonstrate to the world that the most powerful nation on earth also trusts its judicial system, a system respected around the world.

CAROLYN MALONEY, NEW YORK DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE

I thank President Obama for his leadership and for taking this important step to hold these terrorists accountable for their despicable actions.

JOHN MCCAIN, SENATOR, FORMER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

"They are war criminals, who committed acts of war against our citizens and those of dozens of other nations."

TOM MALINOWSKI, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

"Bringing these men to justice in a legitimate system will allow the world to focus at long last on the atrocities they are accused of committing against us, rather than on how we have treated them."

RICK FEDERICO, MILITARY LAWYER

It's most difficult for Americans to wrap our heads around how it is we can have these men in detention for so long and not provide a forum to adjudicate their case.



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