President Obama announced today that military trials are going back to Guantanamo Bay, two years after banning them. In a statement, he said:
From the beginning of my Administration, the United States has worked to bring terrorists to justice consistent with our commitment to protect the American people and uphold our values.
Today, I am announcing several steps that broaden our ability to bring terrorists to justice, provide oversight for our actions, and ensure the humane treatment of detainees.
I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al Qaeda and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system -- including Article III Courts -- to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened.
Going forward, all branches of government have a responsibility to come together to forge a strong and durable approach to defend our nation and the values that define who we are as a nation.
The Obama administration has suggested that accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other Al Qaeda members be tried in a federal trial in NYC, but few really want a terror trial here and some (unnamed) Democrats have moaned over how the whole thing has been handled. It's still unclear where KSM et al. will be tried.