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November 15th, 2009
08:59 AM ET

Profile of a Confessed Terrorist

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that five suspected 9/11 terrorists will be tried in a civilian court in New York. Among them, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the attacks. But who is Khalid Sheikh Mohammad? Here's TJ Holmes and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen with a profile of the confessed terrorist.

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  1. Jim in Springfield, IL

    These people should be tried in this country. Most people are tried in the community where the crime was committed. Americans are not afraid of terrorists, never have been, never will be. We held thousands of Axis prisoners of war across the country in WWII. What are the Republicans afraid of - justice?

    November 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  2. MR.AL

    This Khalid Mohammad might think he did what allah wanted but in America the crime of terrorisim is not tollerated.Like Sadam HANG HIM NO LIFE IN PRISON. I think a public hanging is fitting for vermin like these.

    November 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  3. Joseph Annaruma

    Not only should he be tried in NYC, he should be executed in NYC as well.

    November 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  4. H.L.Moore

    Why are they even going to Trial?...they CONFESSED..
    OH thats right,they have more rights then Citizens.
    What they say doesn't count,we surely don't want there feelings hurt, do we?

    November 18, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  5. Angie

    Civilian court?
    Federal Court, the same type of court that successfully tried and convicted both home grown terrorists who bombed a Federal Building on USA soil and middle eastern terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center in the past.
    The same Federal Court that successfully tried and covicted mass murders in the past.
    The same Federal Court that successfully tried and convicted and successfully got the Death Penalty for those convictions.
    Civilian court?
    Or Federal Court.
    Now just why are we not getting the full picture of what the Federal Court system is?
    Isn't the Federal Court system the same one that cases of the FBI and the CIA handled these types of criminals?
    Isn't the Federal Court System different from the State, counties, cities court system where Local Police cases are tried.
    In other words The Federal Court System is Federal. Federal law enforcement cases.
    The States, Counties, and cities court systems is where local Police cases are held.
    Shop lifters are not tried in the Federal Court System.
    Nor do they handle traffic violations.
    Stop confusing every one with calling it civilian and leaving out the fact that it is Federal.
    And Civil cases are normally Lawsuit cases, not Federal.

    November 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  6. Angie

    Also, the Federal Court has successfully tried terrorists who were caught after they bombed American embassies that were located in foreign countries as well.
    If we go through every case the Federal Court has tried against those who declared war against the USA, there is no question that the Federal Court has what it takes to a successful trial, conviction, and getting the Death Penalty.
    It is my understanding that the News reported those prisoners just confessed without a trial to be Martyrs and be haled as heros in the Middle East.
    Question: How can the Military get the Death Penalty from a confession without a trial when they have to abide by the Geneva Convention regarding prisoners? I am confused on this issue.
    And What is the Military Law regarding confessions and no trial?
    I really want to know.

    November 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm |