The alleged mastermind of the September 11th attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried for his crimes in New York City. Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, and Ramzi Bin al-Shib will be tried by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. 5 other detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison (Omar Khadr, Mohammed Kamin, Ibrahim al Qosi, Noor Uthman Muhammed and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri) will be tried by a military commission, CNN. Profile: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, BBC News.
In Canada, the Supreme Court is hearing an appeal by the government that seeks to remove an order by a lower court that Canada must do everything possible to bring Omar Khadr back to Canada. Khadr is a Canadian citizen who was captured as a child soldier in Afghanistan when he was just 15 years old. He has been held in Guantanamo for the past 8 years, Toronto Star. Watch the hearing live on C-SPAN2.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will hold a press conference about Guantanamo Bay detainee trials at 11am EST today. Watch live on C-SPAN.
The U.S. seized a New York City skyscraper and 4 mosques suspected of illegally funneling money to Iran today. The buildings were under the control of an Iranian foundation that was set up during the reign of the Shah of Iran. After a coup displaced the Shah in 1979, the members of the foundation were replaced with supporters of the current government, ABC News. The U.S. also renewed financial sanctions against Iran yesterday, Reuters.
Today is the 8th anniversary of what is now known as the “September 11th” attacks in which extremists connected to al Qaeda crashed hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A third plane was hijacked but passengers were able to over take the hijackers before it reached its intended target. The plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Memorials are taking place today at all three sites. Vice President Joe Biden will be in New York City at the World Trade Center site and President Barack Obama will be at the Pentagon memorial, Associated Press. Life after 9/11, New York Times. A firefighter recalls losing his sons, NPR. Live coverage of the memorials, C-SPAN. Video library of the attacks, C-SPAN.
Taiwan’s former President Chen Shui-bian has been sentenced to life in prison on charges of fraud and embezzlement, New York Times.
Riots have continued for a second day the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Supporters of one of the regions ethnic kings have clashed with police backed the military and the central government, Al Jazeera.
Details are surfacing about the whereabouts of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was out of public view on Monday. Sources now say Netanyahu was in Russia possibly meeting with Vladamir Putin concerning the cargo ship Arctic Sea that disappeared last month for several weeks. The ship may have been carrying missiles to Iran, BBC News.
A crash between two trolleys on the Green Line in Boston has injured 49 people last night. The driver responsible for the crash was text messaging his girlfriend when he rear-ended the trolley in front of him. Many of the passengers were headed to the Red Sox game. None of the injuries were reported to be life threatening, Boston Globe.
The Statue of Liberty’s crown will reopen to the public on July 4th. The entire structure was closed after 9/11. IN 2004, the museum and observation deck at the base of the statue were reopened. 10 people will be allowed up to the crown at a time and will be chosen by lottery, Reuters.
Minnesota has become the first state to ban Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used in plastics that can leak out in small amounts when the plastic is heated. Canada banned the use of BPA in baby bottles last year. BPA is a concern because it mimics the effects of estrogen and it is not yet completely known how exposure to the chemical can impact an infant’s development, Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Maine has legalized gay marriage, making the practice legal in five out of the six states in New England. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire all allow some form of state recognition off same-sex marriage. Rhode Island has not yet added same-sex marriage to its books. The law in Maine won’t go into effect until September, but businesses in Maine are already anticipating the boost that same-sex weddings are expected to give the Maine economy, Portland Press Herald.