A Trial for Terrorists in New York City

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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?

Credits

Guests:
Josh Meyer - Politico - @JoshMeyerDC, David D. Cole - American Civil Liberties Union / Georgetown University - @DavidColeACLU, Richard Samp - Chief Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation, Kirk Lippold - former Commander, USS Cole, Josh Gerstein - Politico - @joshgerstein, Jack Healy - New York Times - @jackhealyNYT, Bruce Hoffman - Visiting Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations - @hoffman_bruce

Host:
Warren Olney