Government has 'grave concerns' over potential detainee martyrs

Monday, June 8, 2009

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has concerns about allowing terrorism detainees to plead guilty and accept the death penalty.

Senior White House adviser David Axelrod said giving detainees a chance to make martyrs of themselves by being executed by the U.S. is among those concerns.

A Justice Department task force is considering allowing five detainees accused of planning the Sept. 11 attacks to plead guilty. Those five, being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison, face the death penalty.

In an interview taped for CBS' "Face the Nation," Axelrod said discussions on how to proceed with the detainees are continuing and that Obama has made no decision.

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