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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