Right-wing operatives made a big stink out of it saying it would threaten national security, cause traffic jams, and yada, yada, yada.
A trial in a federal court would have allowed, among other things, evidence, defense, and argument of selective prosecution that is being argued in another case.
The essence of that civil case is that the Bush II administration knew that Saudi Arabia financed 15 of the 19 hijackers on 911:
A Saudi Arabian accused of associating with several of the September 11 hijackers and who disappeared from his home in the United States a few weeks before the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, is in London working for his country’s state oil company.(Fighting Terrorism For 200 Years). As usual the Obama Administration
Abdulaziz al-Hijji and his wife Anoud left three cars at their luxurious home in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida — one of them new — and flew to Saudi Arabia in August 2001. The refrigerator was full of food; furniture and clothing were left behind; and the swimming pool water was still circulating.
Security records of cars passing through a checkpoint at the Prestancia gated community indicated that Mr al-Hijji’s home, 4224 Escondito Circle, had been visited a number of times by Mohamed Atta, the leader of the 19-strong hijack team, who piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre in 2001.
The logs also indicated that Marwan Al-Shehhi, who crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower, and Ziad Jarrah, who was at the controls of United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, had visited the house.
All three men had trained to fly at Venice Airport, which is 19 miles from Sarasota.
On this date in 2010 the first post of this series discussed this subject, so it is reposted below:
MOMCOM's little helper, the Bush II regime knew that innocent people were imprisoned at GITMO.
They were afraid it would be bad for catapulting the propaganda if they failed to cover up the fact they were torturing innocent people.
Dredd Blog posts going back a while have wondered at the barbarianism of the Bush II regime, and of the seeming inability of the Obama administration to do anything differently, even though Obama has expressed a willingness to do so.
Accusations are being revealed in Britain, by former Bush II regime members, that the barbarian injustices were widely known during the Bush II regime:
The allegations were made in a document by Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, once chief of staff to Bush's first secretary of state, Colin Powell, in a lawsuit filed by a former Guantanamo inmate and published by The Times in London.(Herald Sun, emphasis added). Now we know why they do not want to try them in federal court where this will all be revealed, or at least much more difficult for MOMCOM to cover up any longer.
Colonel Wilkerson alleged Bush's vice-president, Dick Cheney, and defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld knew most detainees held at the US detention camp in 2002 were innocent but believed it was "politically impossible to release them".
They were also keen to avoid revealing the "incredibly confused" detention operation, Colonel Wilkerson said, claiming prisoners were often rounded up by Afghan and Pakistani forces in return for cash, with little or no evidence as to why.
He alleged then-vice-president Cheney "had absolutely no concern that the vast majority of Guantanamo detainees were innocent ... If hundreds of innocent individuals had to suffer in order to detain a handful of hardcore terrorists, so be it."
The MOMCOM "courts" will do a better job of covering up the torture of innocent victims tortured by the Bush II evil masters, but at what cost to the reputation of the American people?
This is another one of the costs of war that should pop the mythology that wars are free.
One's reputation is one's most valuable asset in has been said, but the U.S. reputation has been ruined by "the pew, the loud, the latrines".