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Suleiman abu Ghaith will be the highest figure in al Qaeda to stand trial in the United States. What can he tell American intelligence agencies about al Qaeda? Reportedly he lived in Iran for ten years. What might he divulge about that? Does he know anything at all any more about possible terrorist plots against the US? Also, President Karzai says the Taliban is killing Afghans "in service to America," and today's guilty verdict in the trial of Detroit's former mayor on corruption charges. Mike Shuster guest hosts this rebroadcast of today's To the Point.

Banner image: A man identified as Suleiman Abu Ghaith appears in this still image taken from an undated video address. Photo Reuters

Producers:
Evan George
Christian Bordal
Anna Scott

Reporter's Notebook Former Detroit Mayor Convicted of Corruption 8 MIN, 11 SEC

Today brought a dramatic verdict in the long trial of Detroit's former mayor. Kwame Kilpatrick was once a much admired politician, who now stands convicted of public corruption and faces a long prison sentence. John Gallagher is a long-time reporter at the Detroit Free Press.

Guests:
John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press (@JGallagherFreep)

Reimagining Detroit

John Gallagher

Making News Karzai Says Taliban Killing Afghans 'in Service to America' 7 MIN, 29 SEC

Relations between the US and Afghanistan just keep getting worse and worse. Chuck Hagel, the new Secretary of Defense, was greeted by suicide bomb attacks last week when he arrived in Afghanistan. He held a tense meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and as Hagel was leaving Afghanistan, there was another insider attack near Kabul, leaving two US soldiers dead. Yaroslov Trofimov is the Afghanistan editor for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Yaroslov Trofimov, Wall Street Journal (@yarotrof)

Faith at War

Yaroslav Trofimov

Main Topic Coming Soon: A Terror Trial in a New York Courtroom 34 MIN, 36 SEC

Suleiman abu Ghaith is Osama bin Laden's son-in-law. A spokesman for al Qaeda in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, he threatened Americans with more attacks on airliners and high rise buildings. After disappearing for ten years, in February he was seized by US operatives in Jordan. On Friday he turned up in a courtroom in Manhattan, to plead not guilty to charges of conspiracy to kill Americans. Who is abu Ghaith? Where has he been for the last decade? What does he know about possible terrorist plots? Should he be tried in a US court in New York or transferred to Guantanamo for a military tribunal?

Guests:
Peter Finn, Washington Post
Seth Jones, RAND Corporation (@SethGJones)
Charles 'Cully' Stimson, Heritage Foundation (@cullystimson)
Andrea Prasow, Human Rights Watch (@andreaprasow)

Faith at War

Yaroslav Trofimov

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