There is at least one thing upon which Barack Obama and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed agree – they both want the self-confessed architect of the terror atrocities of Sept 11 2001 to have his day in court.
04 Mar 2012 - It is nine years this week since al-Qaeda's mastermind of mass murder was dragged from his hideout in Pakistan as a dishevelled wild-haired scowling figure in a scruffy white T-shirt.
He disappeared for three years into the world of secret overseas CIA prisons, interrogated repeatedly by American agents desperate to learn if another attack of 9/11 proportions was in the works. Those interrogations, it would later emerge, included 183 episodes of waterboarding in which he was subjected to simulated drowning.
And for the last six years, when he been held at the American prison camp of Guantánamo Bay, it often seemed that he would never answer in court for crimes to which he boastfully admits.
But this year, if the Obama administration has its way, the first trial for the worst terrorist atrocity in history will finally be staged in a specially-constructed cavernous military courtroom on the US base in southern Cuba.
Mohammed and four alleged co-accused will face the death penalty for a raft of conspiracy and terrorism charges and 2,973 counts of murder – one for each victim in the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and the four hijacked planes. read more>>>