AirTalk for November 16, 2009

Civilian trials for terror suspects spark debate

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A courtroom drawing by artist Janet Hamlin, reviewed by the US military, shows Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (top), Walid Bin Attash, (2nd from top), and Ramzi Bin al Shibh (3rd from top) attending a pre-trial hearing on charges related to the 9/11 attacks December 8, 2008 in Guantanamo Bay.

The Obama administration has decided to bring five top terror suspects, including professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, to New York for trial in civilian court. Meanwhile, other Gitmo detainees accused of plotting Al Qaeda's attack on the USS Cole in 2000, will face military tribunals. Are public terror trials an example of America's commitment to due process? Or do they risk the safety of Americans?


Allen Weiner, Senior Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School

John Eastman, Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law at the Chapman University School of Law

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