The Obama administration has given up its bid to try September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court, a move that leaves plans to close Guantanamo Bay hanging by a thread.
President Barack Obama once vowed to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects and move its remaining detainees. But he has been unable to fulfill that promise.
Mohammed and other detainees are now being held at Guantanamo, and that's where a military commission trial for Mohammed and his four alleged coconspirators would probably be conducted.
Republicans went on the attack when Attorney General Eric Holder announced the military commission for Mohammed, calling Obama "inexperienced and naïve" for his earlier insistence on a civilian trial.