Significant Delays

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Josh Gerstein, courts and transparency reporter for, and Benjamin Weiser, Federal courthouse reporter at The New York Times, talk about yesterday's delay in the trial of Ahmed Ghailani, and what it might mean for New York and the plans to try terror cases in civilian court.


Josh Gerstein and Benjamin Weiser

Comments [4]

Consider - We have been warned.

Oct. 07 2010 11:48 AM

Consider - We have been warned.

Oct. 07 2010 11:47 AM

The true genius of the decision to try these defendants in civilian criminal courts can be seen in the decision to exclude a witness's testimony - not because the testimony was obtained in any way by "torture" - but because the identity of the witness was obtained from the non-testifying defendant by "torture".

Epic Stupidity.

Oct. 07 2010 11:12 AM
gary from queens

I will answer the question on the panel: What's the purpose of filing criminal charges if there's no intention of allowing the criminal venue be the last one for these detainess?


More to the point, the answer is that Obama had campaigned on putting great distance between Bush's policies and what his would be. And that required Obama to place the national security equities, upon capture of jihadists, BELOW the criminal prosecution equities.

Emplematic of that policy was the incident in which Eric Holder---without consulting anyone among Obama's national security team---had given that would-be plane bomber his Miranda warnings (ie to remain silent) BEFORE really understanding whether he had intel to give us.

But as Andy McCarthy has been warning Holder and Obama of this folly:

McCarthy predicted that allowing federal judges to shape national security policy would end up just as it had yesterday. But hey, at least Obama has kept his campaign promises---to some extent!

Oct. 07 2010 10:35 AM

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