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November 14, 2023 | In The News

Steube Introduces Bill Preventing 9/11 Conspirators from Receiving Plea Deal

THE FLORIDIAN — Over twenty years have passed since the September 11th attacks, and the conspirators have yet to face trial. Worse, the possibility of them receiving a plea deal exists. Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) has introduced legislation prohibiting the 9/11 conspirators from receiving such a plea.

Specifically, the No Plea Deal with Terrorists Act would prevent Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the primary mastermind, and others from receiving a deal that would prevent a public trial and the potential for a capital sentence.

US Today described that the decades-long delay in Mohammed’s trial, and why the possibility of a plea deal exists in the first place, is because Mohammed and the four other defendants spoke of being tortured while in US custody. Despite this, Mohammed also openly bragged about being the 9/11 mastermind even before his capture in 2003, but thankfully, the likelihood of a pre-trial agreement is extremely slim.

In his press release, Rep. Steube said, “More than two decades after the horrific 9/11 hijackings, the trial of the 9/11 orchestrators must deliver justice for the families of nearly 3,000 victims and the survivors.”

Additionally, he stated, “Allowing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his accomplices to escape a public trial and capital punishment would represent a complete failure of this administration to hold accountable the terrorists responsible for one of the darkest days in American history. My legislation ensures that the Biden Administration does not permit a plea deal for anyone responsible for 9/11. Justice must be served.”

In September, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), as part of his 2024 Presidential bid, similarly called upon the Biden Administration to reject a potential plea deal for the 9/11 conspirators and inflict the maximum possible punishment upon them.

“The heinous acts of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators tore at America’s heart and fundamentally altered our nation’s trajectory. Any plea deal allowing the accused to avoid the harshest penalties and transparency is unconscionable given the loss inflicted by their terrorist acts. While the Biden Administration has allegedly rejected a considered plea deal over the near-term, pressure must remain so that any way forward includes public answers and maximum lawful punishment,” said Gov. DeSantis.