[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/05/art.gitmo.file.gi.jpg caption="The U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay houses high value terror detainees."]Washington (CNN) - White House advisers are considering recommending alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed be tried in a military court, not a civilian one in New York, a senior administration official confirmed Friday.
This would be an about face for the Obama administration which has consistently insisted trying Mohammed in civilian court would be a powerful symbol of U.S. rule of law.
In November 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder announced his intention to do just that. But a firestorm of criticism erupted from New York officials who did not want the trial held in Manhattan, and from Republican lawmakers who did not want a civilian trial.