Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks -- and four other suspects will stand trial in New York, the Obama administration revealed Friday.
After eight years of delay, those allegedly responsible for the attacks will answer for their alleged crimes in a courthouse just blocks away from where the Twin Towers once stood.
As part of its effort to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, the White House decided to try the men in a civilian court -- a decision that has sparked criticism.
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Before U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made it official, President Barack Obama gave his blessing from Japan.
"I'm absolutely convinced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be subject to the most exacting demands of justice," he said. "The American people insist on it and I will insist on it."
Holder said the government would seek the death penalty against the accused.
Still, members of the Bush administration believe the White House strategy to transfer the detainees to the U.S. is a bad one.
"I think that the president will find upon reflection that to bring the worst of the worst terrorists inside the United States would be cause for great danger," former Vice President Dick Cheney said.
New York congressman Peter King is outraged by the decision.
"This is one of the worst decisions a president has ever made," he said.
Five other Gitmo detainees charged with a role in the 2000 U.S.S. Cole bombing and other attacks on U.S. service members will face a military rather than a civilian trial.