In a stunning reversal, the Obama Justice Department is poised to announce that 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammad will be tried in a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay rather than a civilian court in lower Manhattan, CBS reports.
During his run for president, few issues were more indicative of Obama's criticisms of the Bush administration than his attacks on the treatment of detainees at Gitmo. Just two days after being sworn in as president, he signed an executive order to close the facility within a year, declaring it was to "restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism."
Attorney General Eric Holder later announced the administration's intent to put these ideals to the ultimate test by trying the 9/11 plotter in downtown Manhattan, right near the site of the World Trade Center attack. But he's now opted for the military tribunal after all.
It is ultimately the right call, but one that is completely at odds with what Obama campaigned on. When Obama is ready to take a break from today's launch of his reelection campaign, he ought to call up former President Bush and Vice President Cheney to apologize.