How to Prosecute a Terrorist

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

In this sketch by Janet Hamlin, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Waleed bin Attash attend their arraignment inside the war crimes courthouse at Camp Justice in Guantanamo Bay on June 5. 2008. (Brennan Linsley/AFP/Getty Images)

The Obama administration made a bold decision in November 2009 that divided the country, which was still scarred by the events of September 11, 2001. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other detainees allegedly tied to the attacks, would be tried in a civilian court in New York City, just blocks away from where the Twin Towers stood. After battling Congress for over a year, Holder reversed his decision and announced yesterday those same men will now be tried before a military commission at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Vijay Padmanabhan, visiting professor at Cardoza School of Law, believes Congress has behaved in a manner that is inconsistent, by restricting power of the Executive Branch. 


Vijay Padmanabhan

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David J Fazekas

Comments [2]


A rather condescending tone from the administration toward the US public and the Congress they just elected (including Democrats) who agree with President Bush on military tribunals; and for that matter with President Roosevelt who tried German saboteurs in a military court in 1942.

Apr. 05 2011 12:06 PM
ROBERT A KEHL from Staten Island

South of Canal was a bad idea for logistical reasons. The ideal place in NYC, for the trail, would be the Home Port, on Staten Island, a boondoggle left over from Regan years.

Apr. 05 2011 10:57 AM

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