Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. this morning defended his decision to prosecute the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four other suspected terrorists in federal court.

“This was a tough call, and reasonable people can disagree with my conclusion that these individuals should be tried in federal court rather than a military commission,” Holder said in remarks delivered before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Holder said he had no preconceived views as to the merits of either venue.

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