Defense officials say military tribunal not considered for terror suspect

Defense Department officials Wednesday said they were not asked by the Justice Department whether Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person indicted so far in the terrorist attacks, should face a military tribunal rather than be tried in civilian courts, the Associated Press reported.

"To the best of my knowledge there was not a discussion with the Justice Department," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told the Senate Armed Service Committee.

Senate Democrats criticized the decision, saying Moussaoui was a perfect case for at least consideration for a military tribunal.

"It's hard to imagine that, in a matter that fits the military tribunal order the way that Mr. Moussaoui's case apparently seems to fit it, that you weren't consulted," said Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said sending Moussaoui--"a big fish" in the investigation--to a civilian court would set a bad precedent on who goes before a military tribunal, since he was indicted for conspiring in the deaths of the people who died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Meanwhile, Afghan tribal commanders set a new deadline Wednesday for the surrender of a group of al-Qaida fighters cornered in a mountain canyon under heavy U.S. bombardment, demanding that top terrorist suspects, possibly including Osama bin Laden, also turn themselves in. An earlier deadline of Wednesday morning passed without their surrender.

Saying they wanted to end the carnage, tribal Eastern Alliance leaders issued a new ultimatum, giving the men from bin Laden's terror network until noon Thursday [2:30 a.m. EST Thursday] to surrender. But the alliance said it would not accept their surrender unless any top leaders with them also turned themselves in.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.