A Step to Closing Guantanamo? A Detainee in New York

The first civl trial of a Guantanamo detainee begins. Is this the model of how to close the prison?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The first detainee from Guantanamo Bay prison to face civilian trial in the U.S. pleaded "not guilty" in a New York court on Tuesday. Ahmed Ghailani is charged with helping to coordinate the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The transfer and trial of this detainee is viewed as an important step in the Obama administration’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay. The Takeaway talks to Jonathan Mahler author of The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Powerabout what this first trial means for the nation and the detainees.

 

For more on the trial of Ahmed Ghailani, watch this clip from The Rachel Maddow show.

Guests:

Jonathan Mahler

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya

Contributors:

Noel King

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