It has been a long time coming, but to that we say, better late than never. The perpetrators of that other day which will “forever live in infamy” in the hearts and minds of not just Americans but the citizens of the world, the terrorist attacks that led to the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, will reportedly stand trial in New York City. It is, perhaps, but fitting that they be tried there; they will be tried in federal court instead of a military commission, according to a report on the Washington Post.
September 11 is a pivotal event in American history, and a lot of our more recent heroes – a number of Navy SEALs among them – trace the circumstances that led to their heroism to that day.
However, this information still cannot be declared with an air of absolute certainty; the federal official who shared the information reportedly requested for anonymity. Until the Department of Justice releases a formal statement to that effect, all this is just hearsay.
It is about time, though, that a decision be made regarding prosecuting these people. The self-proclaimed mastermind who will stand trial is Khalid Sheik Mohammed. He will be joined by four co-defendants. Aside from Mohammed and his cohorts, another decision has reportedly been made regarding the prosecution of an accused perpetrator of an act of terrorism — Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of being behind the bombing of the USS Cole while it was docked off the coast of Yemen in 2000, will reportedly be tried by a military commission.
We will certainly be following through on the developments regarding the trial of the alleged World Trade Center terrorists. The sight of planes smashing into two of corporate America’s iconic symbols and the horrific aftermath has lived with all of us for eight years. It will definitely be interesting to see how the wheels of justice will turn in this case.