I was hoping that someone else would make a good, cogent argument defending the decision to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York in a civilian trial, so that I would not have to do so. And someone has.
The whole idea that we should not treat terrorism as a law enforcement problem is backwards. Make these guys criminals and not politicians/leaders/martyrs. Successful law enforcement is something that reinforces the legitimacy of government and especially of democratic ones. Time to trot out the rule of law and show these @#$@#$ what we are made of. While eight years ago I wanted to put all of those responsible for 9/11 on a plane and have it crash, time and distance and the egregious errors of the Bush administration make it clear that a NY jury and judge should put these guys in the appropriate place--a high security prison somewhere in the US and perhaps on death row (a debate for another time).