Terror on Trial: Politics as Usual

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Within the war on terror, there's another war going on, a political one. The Obama Administration says it's getting valuable information from the man accused of trying to blow up a plane on Christmas Day. Conservatives say Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's case is being handled wrong, and that the government should be tougher on terror suspects. It all makes for potent mix of politics, counter-terrorism and national security – in an election year. Amid news that top al Qaeda leaders have been killed, are Obama's terror policies more effective than the Bush Administration, or are they just presenting a kinder American face to the world? How prepared is the country to deal with renewed terror threats?


Josh Gerstein - Politico - @joshgerstein, Brian Fishman - New America Foundation - @brianfishman, Reuel Marc Gerecht - Foundation for Defense of Democracies - @followFDD, David D. Cole - American Civil Liberties Union / Georgetown University - @DavidColeACLU

Sara Terry

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