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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

JEFF ELDRIDGE:

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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