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9/11 organizers cleared to face death penalty

The 5 accused of masterminding the 2001 terrorist attacks will be tried in a military court

By Carol Rosenberg
The Buffalo News

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Pentagon on Wednesday cleared the way for a death penalty trial for five Guantanamo Bay captives charged with engineering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Retired Vice Adm. Bruce E. MacDonald, who is in charge of military commissions, signed off on the capital trial against alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 46, and four accused co-conspirators.

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