Gitmo detainee cuts a deal
Majid Khan admitted that he was part of the successful plot to bomb the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2003, which killed 11 and injured 76. Two victims from the bombing were in the military court in Guantanamo to witness the proceeding.As part of a plea agreement, Khan is expected to testify against other detainees including the self-described architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Khan's defense team argues that the plea agreement should be kept secret or sealed because releasing the information would put a target on the back of Khan's family and relatives. The prosecution team, led by a lawyer from the Department of Justice, insisted the plea should be made public because so much of the information is already available.
Khan is the first of 14 high-value detainees who were held in the CIA secret prisons to cut a deal. He has promised not to sue the CIA or the U.S. government over his detention.
It was rank prosecutorial malpractice that Holder and the Obama team failed to take guilty peas from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9-11 terrorist three years ago. Instead the refused the pleas and tried to put on show trials in New York. that back fired politically for them and they are still stuck with feeding these guys. We should be seeing more plea deals from the obviously guilty detainees.Khan cannot be sentenced to more than 25 years. It is expected that he will testify against other detainees in return for the reduced sentence. If he cooperates, that may not exceed 19 years and the military commission could give him even less time if he really lives up to his end of the deal.