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Jeffrey Toobin

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Jeffrey Toobin, CNN senior analyst and New Yorker staff writer, discusses the upcoming Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial, and how the appointment of Justice Sonya Sotomayor will affect the Supreme Court. He's the author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

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Comments [9]

Voter from Brooklyn

Wow, so the guest (in regards to Supreme Court nominees) is going on the premise that:
1.Obama’s nominees to the court will be as progressive or more so than the progressive retirees, even though Obama is Constitutional conservative (another contradiction in this interview).
2.That the Democrats won’t bleed members in congress in 2010 and 2012 losing their majorities. (They will because they have abandoned their progressive base and apathy is setting in.)
3.That Obama is anything more than a one term president.

Dec. 01 2009 12:47 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I appreciate Jeffrey Toobin's resistance to generalizing--there's way too much of it in the media (not to mention ordinary conversation). That said, I don't think it's what Leonard was asking for.

Dec. 01 2009 12:40 PM
Jared from Lower East Side

The African Embassy Bombers' Trial in NYC's Federal Court had to be postponed by several weeks, due to the nearby attacks on 9/11/01.

I would like to see the Federal case process occur offshore in a secret location in a Naval ship, while our skies are patrolled, and after offshore monitoring of shipping container boxes miles away from NY Harbor.

Dec. 01 2009 12:33 PM
Voter from Brooklyn

The photos would have enflamed the Muslim world exposing American’s treatment and sentiments towards Muslims. But, the photos would have most importantly shown the American people what is really being done in their names with their tax dollars and that is something that is sorely needed.
It’s ok to parade around photos of aborted fetuses in this country and say not with my 18 cents or 5 cents or whatever fraction of their taxes would go to a Medicaid funded abortion (and don’t tell me abortion doesn’t enflame passions and lead to murder in the US) but it is not ok to expose to the public someone being tortured.
Maybe if people saw what their tax dollars were really paying for, they’d be less hung up on the idea some public employee would get health care for their same sex partner in the government system and focus on … oh, I don’t know.. forcible sodomy and water boarding.

Dec. 01 2009 12:31 PM
Sahra from Carroll Gardens

For everybody that talks about the terrorists threatening "our way of life," it's funny that talk about a trial is so controversial. I like Mr. Toobin's remark about "categorical statements" about survivors. You picture this big mass that may only be 1 or 2 voices the way their represented. Let's not forget the attacks led to things like Guantanamo, the NSA, searches of bags on the subways, restraints on immigration, arrests without warrants (or specific charges), rendition, etc. All knee-jerk, seemingly anti-democratic moves.

Dec. 01 2009 12:25 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

The "excesses the Bush administration is charged with"?!

Surely Mr. Lopate means the crimes, war crimes, and crimes against humanity the Bush administration is charged with -- at least some of which are being continued by Obama.

Dec. 01 2009 12:18 PM
Bobby G from East Village

How was Nuremberg structured. Was it military? Was it civilian? Or both?

Dec. 01 2009 12:17 PM
Voter from Brooklyn

I believe the guest just said that the attack on a MILLITARY TARGET would be tried in a MILLITARY tribunal, but it escapes him that the attack on an embassy (governmental institution, but not a military one) would not be? There’s your answer… Is he listening to himself speak, or just speculating to stay relevant?

Dec. 01 2009 12:17 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

If Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is crazy for doing what he has allegedly done, then what of people who launched a war or supported that war for nothing more than political gain and oil -- a war that has seen hundreds of thousands killed and millions displaced?

Dec. 01 2009 12:14 PM

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