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The Politics of the 9/11 Trials

HOWARD MEGDAL: There is a reasonable argument to be made for moving the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 conspirators from 500 Pearl Street. A civilian trial in another location would provide every bit as much justice, with merely a reduction in the symbolism.

But the idea that the Obama Administration would now shy away from a civilian trial, in favor of a military one, doesn’t just scan poorly from a legal standpoint- it would be a horrific mistake, politically.

AKIE BERMISS: As the second year of the Obama administration begins to unfold and we analyst, wonks, and general political enthusiast begin to look for meaning in 2010 there are probably a few major issues to hone in on. Of the top of my head I would say they are Health Care Reform, DADT, Economy and Jobs, and: The 9/11 Trials. Its going to be crucial for Obama to make his stance on terrorism here and now. For many Americans Khalid Sheikh Mohammed remains the poster-boy (for lack of a better title) for America’s current battle against terrorism. Things seemed on track last year when Eric Holder floated the idea of trying Mohammed in Manhattan — in the district where the crime was committed. I, for one, thought it was a great idea. Try him in civilian court, right next to Ground Zero, and show the world how we’ve come back from the attack and how we, as Americans, do justice.
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Obama’s Speech: Wilsonian Ambitions/Status Quo with Respect to Foreign Affairs


Barack Obama’s inaugural address was businesslike and serious, mostly free of the grandiose oratory that became his hallmark during the 2008 campaign.  But tucked in the speech was a potentially sweeping realignment of American foreign policy, one that…

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