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Molly Henneberg

Washington, DC


The Left Hits Obama on Civilian Trials

April 6, 2010 - 5:13 PM | by: Molly Henneberg

A group called September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows has send a video to the President- called an “Urgent Letter to President Obama” – pressing him to hold the trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 co-conspirators in civilian courts, instead of military commissions. 

These families say if the President decides to keep the detainees in military comissions, he would be “buckling to political pressure.” The video features the mother of one of the women  killed in the World Trade Center towers.  The Peaceful Tomorrows group says it is an advocacy organization that seeks “effective, nonviolent responses to terrorism.”

The initial plan to try the detainees in federal court in Manhattan hit a wall with New York City officials and some Democratic lawmakers in Congress because of cost and security concerns. 

Today the White House says it is looking at “all available alternatives,” and that a decision is “a few weeks away.”

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