Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other terror suspects are currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The other terror suspects expected to be sent to New York include Walid bin Attas, accused of being selected as a hijacker but never made it to the mission; Ramzi Binalshibh who allegedly applied for flight training in Florida, but never entered the U.S; Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi who is accused of helping to fund to the hijackers; and Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, a nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who is accused of providing support to the hijackers.
Critics of the plan to hold public trials in New York charge that the Obama administration is giving Mohammed and other accused terrorists a pulpit to expound on their jihadist ideology.
In recent days former Vice President Dick Cheney has said that trying Mohammed in New York will make him "as important or more important than Osama bin Laden."
ABC News Jason Ryan contributed to this report