Detainees To Get Moderate Amount of Rights, Be Tried Elsewhere

The Obama administration seems to have settled on a solution for its Khalid Sheikh Mohammed problem: try the alleged 9/11 mastermind and other high-level detainees in revamped military courts that accord more rights, while still closing Guantanamo.

The details have yet to be hammered out, but that general framework has bipartisan support, according to this morning’s Wall Street Journal.

The plan defies Mr. Obama’s own Attorney General, Eric Holder, who wants civilian trials, and the compromise is so middle-of-the-road that it’s sure to anger security hawks, rights advocates, and almost anyone else with an opinion about these trials. Except the businesses in Lower Manhattan; they should like it.