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Nov 18, 2009 1:16 PM by Associated Press

Holder: Failure 'not an option' in terror trial

When it comes to prosecuting 9/11 suspects in federal court in New York, Attorney General Eric Holder says, "Failure is not an option."

He was asked at a Senate hearing today what might happen if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others are acquitted. Holder said, "These are cases that have to be won" -- and that he's not expecting any other result.

He's being questioned by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about his decision last week to send Mohammed and four alleged henchmen from a detention center at Guantanamo Bay to New York to face a civilian federal trial.

Reaction to the planned trial has fallen along mostly partisan lines.

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