administration has abandoned its plan to put Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the
self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, on trial in
Lower Manhattan, according to administration officials.
is out," said an administration official said on Friday, speaking on the condition of
anonymity because the decision has not been officially announced.
"We're considering other options."
The reversal marks the latest
setback for an administration that has been buffeted at every turn as
it seeks to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. Its options for closing the prison had already been dwindling,
and without the backdrop of Ground Zero for a trial, the administration
will lose some of the rich symbolism associated with its attempt to
forge a new approach to handling high-profile al-Qaida detainees.