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Why Bother Putting Terrorists on Trial?

...Since we're not going to release them

(Newser) - Why does the Obama administration insist on trying terrorists when it has no intention of freeing them? In October, the federal judge in the trial of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, an alleged conspirator in two US embassy bombings, complained that even if Ghailani were found innocent, the government could continue detaining... More »

Gitmo Detainee Acquitted on 284 Counts

Ahmed Ghailani guilty of single charge in embassy bombing case

(Newser) - The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial has been acquitted on 284 of the 285 charges against him, including one murder count for each of the 224 people killed in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The anonymous New York jury found Ahmed Ghailani... More »

Judge Deals Blow to US in Big Terror Trial

Witness Ghailani gave up during CIA interrogations is out

(Newser) - The first civilian trial of a Gitmo detainee has hit a serious snag, one that could crimp future cases. A federal judge ruled that testimony from a key witness is off limits—because the government learned about him during CIA interrogations at a secret prison overseas. The case, in which... More »

Emanuel, Graham Hammering Gitmo Deal

Hard-nosed opposites form odd friendship

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel and Lindsey Graham have become unlikely friends, and the most visible fruit of that friendship may be a new agreement on Guantanamo Bay. Emanuel hasn’t officially endorsed Graham’s plan—which would close the prison, but put the kibosh on civilian 9/11 trials, and allow the indefinite... More »

Try 9/11 Mastermind in Washington

Put Khalik Sheik Mohammed on trial in civil court in nation's capital

(Newser) - New York doesn’t want the trial of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed to take place in lower Manhattan, so bring the proceedings to the nation’s capital, writes Thomas Penfield Jackson. After all, “KSM’s crimes were committed against the entire nation,” so a trial in... More »

9/11 Trials Won't Be in NYC

White House gives up on bringing terror suspects to Manhattan

(Newser) - The Obama administration’s plan to try alleged 9/11 terror plotters in a lower Manhattan court bit the dust today, swamped by waves of criticism from politicians from New York to Washington. “New York is out,” a source tells the Washington Post tonight. “We’re considering other... More »

White House Wants Justice to Consider Moving Terror Trials

Change follows further criticism from NY pols in 9/11 case

(Newser) - In an about-face a day after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined those opposed to trying 9/11 terror suspects in a lower Manhattan court, the White House yesterday asked the Justice Department to consider alternate venues, the New York Times reports. President Obama is said to continue to support Attorney... More »

Bali Suspect at Gitmo May Be Tried in DC

White House considers slate of Washington terror trials

(Newser) - The Obama administration is considering holding the criminal trial of alleged Bali bombing mastermind Riduan Isamuddin in Washington, DC, as the first of many terror trials in the nation’s capital. The proposal is far enough along that authorities are discussing the intense security such an event would necessitate, officials... More »

Grayson to Cheney: 'STFU'

Mouthy Congressman rips mouthy ex-VP

(Newser) - The man Republicans (and many Democrats) wish would just shut up and go away had some words for the man Democrats (and many Republicans) wish would do the same, in vulgar—if dated—style. Asked about Dick Cheney’s view of holding terror trials in New York, Rep. Alan Grayson... More »

Paterson Rips Obama for Putting 9/11 Trials in NYC

NY governor among few Dems to criticize move

(Newser) - New York Gov. David Paterson, already unpopular with the White House, tonight ripped the Obama administration for deciding to try five men implicated in the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City. "This is not a decision that I would have made,” Paterson said. “New York was... More »

Clinton: Karzai on the Hot Seat

White House 'will expect more,' focused on defeating 'those who attacked us'

(Newser) - It's time for Afghan President Hamid Karzai to put up or shut up, Hillary Clinton said today, underscoring the White House's heightened expectations of Kabul. "We are expecting there to be a major crimes tribunal, an anti-corruption commission," she told This Week, adding that the original Afghan mission... More »

9/11 Families Split on New York Trial

Some welcome plotters' trial, to others it's a 'smack in the face'

(Newser) - Some see it as poetic justice—the plotters of the Sept. 11th attacks brought to justice a few blocks from the site of the Twin Towers they destroyed—and others are outraged that the terrorists will enjoy a jury trial in a court in this country, let alone this city.... More »

6 Myths About Trying Mohammed in NYC

US legal system is, in fact, up to this challenge

(Newser) - While the news that Sept. 11 terror suspect Khalid Sheik Mohammed will be tried in New York has created quite a furor, there are also a number of misconceptions floating around about the trial. Andrew Cohen clears up six:
  • Mohammed’s lawyers won’t be able to get the case
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Gunman Pleads Guilty to Mumbai Attacks

(Newser) - The only surviving gunman of the deadly terror attacks in Mumbai admitted his role in the November rampage in a dramatic courtroom confession today, reports the Times of India. "Sir, I plead guilty to my crime," Ajmal Kasab told the presiding judge, before describing how the attacks... More »

Charity Guilty on All Counts of Terror Funding

(Newser) - A Dallas jury found a Muslim charity and its ex-leaders guilty today on three dozen counts of terror funding, the Dallas Morning News reports. A retrial of the biggest terror financing case in US history, the case hinged on $12 million sent by the Holy Land Foundation to Hamas after... More »

Canada Terror Camp Video Surfaces

Footage shows masked men receiving weapons training in snowy rural Ontario

(Newser) - A video of an alleged terrorist training camp linked to 11 suspects accused of plotting terror attacks in Canada has surfaced online days before a verdict against one of them is due, the Toronto Star reports. A lawyer for the men complained that the video—which features men in a... More »

Gitmo Inmates May Testify for bin Laden Aide

Prosecutors seek to block testimony as threat to national security

(Newser) - Fellow Guantanamo Bay inmates may testify at the upcoming terror trial of Osama bin Laden’s former driver, the Washington Post reports. Lawyers for Salim Ahmed Hamdan hope the testimony will prove their client was not a high-level terror operative. The military officer in charge of the case said he... More »

Destroying Key Records Was Standard at Gitmo

US interrogators told to 'minimize certain legal issues' in questioning detainees

(Newser) - Guantanamo Bay interrogators were urged to destroy notes from interviews with detainees, including Canadian Omar Khadr, documents suggest. Minimizing interrogation records “can minimize certain legal issues,” reads a Guantanamo operational manual for intelligence teams shown to Khadr’s lawyers. The case against Khadr is thought to be based... More »

Gitmo Drives Detainees Crazy: Lawyers

As trials draw near, prisoners' mental health at issue

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden's driver can't help his lawyers prepare his defense because he's been driven mad by years of isolation at Guantanamo Bay, his lawyers say. The conditions "boil his mind" and prevent a fair trial, they say, an argument that will become increasingly common as lawyers begin preparing... More »

Jury Sees 'Martyr Videos' in UK Terror Plot Trial

Discussed bringing families on suicide missions

(Newser) - In London yesterday, prosecutors introduced “martyrdom videos” as evidence against eight British Muslims accused of plotting to destroy US-bound airliners in 2006, the Times  reports. One video, found in a man’s garage, envisioned “your people’s body parts responsible for these wars and oppression decorating the streets.... More »

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