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Graham to Obama: scrap New York terror trial, I'll stand with you

Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday outlined his plan to help President Obama close Guantánamo if the administration agrees to abandon a civilian New York terror trial for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in favor of a military tribunal.

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, right, accompanied by Senator John McCain, discusses the New York terror trial on February 2, 2010. Graham stepped to President Obama's defense on Sunday, when Obama announced he would reconsider holding the trial of suspected 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in a civilian court in New York.

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On Sunday, two moderate senators defended President Obama’s apparent willingness to reconsider his administration’s decision to use a civilian New York terror trial for the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

The first, Senator Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina, is seen as the architect behind the Obama administration’s potential change in plans. He has promised to help Obama close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility if Obama gives up his plans of trying Mohammed and other sensitive terror suspects in a civilian court.

“We need a legal system that gives due process to detainees while recognizing” that there are sensitivities to national security in such a case, said Senator Graham, a former military lawyer, on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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