A Trial for Terrorists in New York City
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Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of 9/11, will be tried in the federal court just blocks from where the World Trade Towers once stood in New York City. On Reporter's Notebook, former US diplomat Peter Galbraith helped write Iraq's new constitution, including provisions that could mean big money for Galbraith himself. We ask him if he failed to disclose a conflict of interest.
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A Trial for Terrorists in New York City ()
Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the self-described mastermind of 9/11 will be tried in federal court just blocks from where the World Trade Towers once stood in New York City. Holder said he'll seek the death penalty for Kalid Saikh Mohammed and four other men. The decision raises questions about security, the rights of defendants who say they were tortured and what might happen if they're acquitted. Why are they getting a civil trial while a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole will face a military tribunal?
- Josh Meyer: Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
- David Cole: Professor of Law, Georgetown University, @DavidColeGtown
- Richard Samp: Chief Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation
- Kirk Lippold: former Commander, USS Cole
- Josh Gerstein: White House Reporter, Politico.com, @joshgerstein
- Jack Healy: Reporter, New York Times
- Bruce Hoffman: Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University
Diplomat's Interests in Kurdish Oil Raise Conflict of Interest Questions ()
Peter Galbraith is a former American diplomat, who has pushed hard for the province of Kurdistan to be as independent as possible from Iraq's central government. After the US invasion, he helped draw up a new Iraqi constitution and advocated that the Kurds have full control over newly discovered oil. Now it develops that, at the same time, he had an agreement with a Norwegian oil company that struck oil in Kurdistan, a fact he never disclosed until investigative reporters asked him about it this week. Was there a conflict of interest?
- Peter Galbraith: former American diplomat
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