As Andy Levy said on Twitter a little while ago, the most surprising part of the Washington Post scoop isn’t the decision to put Khalid Sheikh Mohammed into the military commission system. It’s that the White House didn’t wait until Friday night to leak it to the press…
The opening of the WaPo piece Allah links to contains the heart the story [emphasis mine]:
President Obama’s advisers are nearing a recommendation that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, be prosecuted in a military tribunal, administration officials said, a step that would reverse Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s plan to try him in civilian court in New York City.
Obama had made it look like it was Holder who made the call to bring the 9/11 terrorists to NYC for civilian trial; now, as mentioned by Allah and WaPo, the White House is making the call to overrule Holder. You have to wonder how much Holder’s decision to Mirandize the Undiebomber played into this.
At the end of the WaPo piece, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero isn’t happy. Good; that means that having the 9/11 terrorists tried in military commissions is proper and good for the country. Most anything that makes Romero unhappy leaves me ecstatic.
UPDATE: Ed Morrissey actually posted the Hot Air piece I linked to earlier. Andy McCarthey opines that a plausible reason for the administration’s change of heart is to strike a deal with lawmakers to fund Gitmo’s eventual closing. Not all happy with the situation, McCarthy says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is likely to give support for the closing in return for the prosecutions in military commissions. Morrissey mentions this possibility in his post as well, although doesn’t see as much of a Graham connection as McCarthy.