March 17th, 2010
11:48 AM ET

Terrorists should be tried in court

Obama administration now reconsidering trying 9/11 defendants in court.

Obama administration now reconsidering trying 9/11 defendants in court.

David Frakt
Special to CNN

Suppose that shortly after 9/11, when it became clear that Osama bin Laden and other members of al Qaeda were responsible for the attacks, President Bush had made the following announcement:

"Those responsible for these attacks are cowardly, vicious murderers, and we will pursue them to the ends of the earth to capture them. They are not warriors, they are criminals, and they will be treated accordingly. And once we catch them, we will bring them back to the United States and put them on trial right there in lower Manhattan so that a jury of 12 fair-minded New Yorkers can decide their fate."

Such an announcement would not have been controversial in the slightest and undoubtedly would have been met with widespread approval. After all, putting terrorists on trial in federal court is how we always dealt with terrorists, including the first group of murderers who tried to blow up the World Trade Center.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Justice Department • Terrorism
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Jeanette

    known terrorists should be shot and not allowed any trial, how much trial did they give our people in the Trade Center?

    They are cowardly and don't deserve any of our freedoms (such as a trial)

    March 17, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  2. inde

    Each administration should decide whether it is best to try in court or military; on a case by case basis-No blanket approach should be used. Why?–Because some terrorists are going to give way more info to a everyday looking male/female FBI person then a military person. But, politicians are worried about party line then what is most important–who is best to get information from a specific person.

    shot on site, really? This makes you more in line with the terrorists beliefs then true american values and what our troops fight for.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  3. Jim

    No, terrorists should be shot on site,& not be allowed to waste my money

    March 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  4. Tim Gibson

    I do not agree with what was with the statement of Bush after the attacks of 9/11, to the extent they went in warfare wordplay. Yet, I do agree that an act of war, and that is what a jihadist war criminal, be he a lone wolf, or part of a large organization. And as such are held to military tribunal.

    I would not have agreed with it then, and I do not agree with it now.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm |