Ahmed Ghailani, an al Qaeda suspect believed to be the main facilitator in the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Tanzania in 1998, will be brought to New York City for trial. He would be the first Guantanamo detainee to be brought to trial in U.S. civil criminal courts. Ghailani, along with other alleged al Qaeda conspirators, is facing charges in a 238-count federal indictment. The approximately 240 men who remain at the military prison are posing problems for Obama as he tries to deliver on his campaign promise to close the facility. European and other allies have made clear they don’t want them, and Democrats and Republicans alike have expressed concerns about having them in domestic prisons. But as Politico notes, the toughest problem the president is facing isn’t the worst-of-the-worst, whom everyone agrees should be imprisoned permanently. Rather it's the rank-and-file prisoners who may have played some role in Al Qaeda or Taliban activity, but aren’t suspected of taking part in any major attacks.
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