Rights groups slam rumors of Obama flip on KSM trial

March 6, 2010

By Kara Rowland, The Washington Times

Civil liberties groups are reacting angrily to reports that President Obama could reverse his administration’s stance and try the alleged Sept. 11 conspirators in a military tribunal — a move that would leave many of his staunchest allies out on a limb.

Top supporters like Democratic Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Richard Durbin of Illinois — both of whom have vehemently defended Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.s decision to try suspected al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in federal court — said they would wait for an official announcement from the White House before weighing in. But advocacy groups are fuming over a report in the Washington Post that advisers to Mr. Obama want him to do an about-face and prosecute Mohammed in a military commission.

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