After much debate, the United States military decided on Wednesday to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. There was speculation as to whether the case would be held in New York City, after Attorney General Eric Holder suggested a civilian court in 2009. Mohammed, who's accused of training the airline hijackers, will be tried with four other conspirators — all facing the death penalty.
While many supported the idea of holding the case in the same city where the attacks occurred, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was concerned that the proceedings would cause a terrorist threat and logistical problems for the city of 7 million. All five men, who are currently incarcerated in Cuba, will be charged with terrorism, hijacking aircrafts, and murder in violation of the law of war. The charges find the men partly responsible for the death of 2,976 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa.