November 13, 2009
Posted: 1741 GMT


Hello IDeskers,

Today, we will start the show with the formal announcement that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators will be tried in civilian courts in New York.

This means that they will be moved from their cells in Guantanamo Bay and prosecuted for their role in the September 11th attacks by federal prosecutors, not in military tribunals.

We will talk to former federal prosecutor and high-profile attorney Kendall Coffey on what happens next. How do admissions made using "harsh interrogation techniques" like waterboarding affect the trial? What kind of precedent will this set? Why are accused USS Cole attackers being tried in military courts?

Don't forget to take part in our daily poll below, on whether you think Khalid Sheikh Mohammed can get a fair trial. We will also be reading some of your tweets @halagorani on air, so leave your comments as well.

Also today, we will discuss the meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. It's interesting to see France roll out the red carpet for Mister Assad.

When I was in Paris a few weeks ago, there was considerable talk that President Sarkozy was feeling snubbed by U.S President Barack Obama. Some were speculating that because of that, Mister Sarkozy is trying to forge new alliances with countries on his side of the Atlantic.

The meeting, designed to make a fresh push for Mideast peace by involving the Syrians (not quite on President Obama's new diplomatic engagement policy yet), positions France in an interesting way.

Plus, we are live in Islamabad for more on the latest bombing attributed to Taliban insurgents. The battle between the Taliban and Pakistani government for control of several key regions in the country continues, with ordinary civilians paying the highest price.

We are also live on Wall Street (the rally continues) and London (where Prime Minister Brown is making troop increase recommendations for Afghanistan.)

See you at the IDesk!


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zappy max   November 13th, 2009 6:39 pm ET

if the Usa has declared the authors of 9-11 are international terrorists., and IF the Usa are accepting the UN or international institutions, why are You so reluctant to send those criminals against humanity to be judged at the International court of Justice, in Holland ??? You are already NOT accepting their juridiction for other purposes, war crimes committted or under the responsability of the Us troops.. so... it's normal then the Us don't want other jurisdictions to try those guys... so play your game your way, as usual.

Pato   November 13th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

this 911 cooperates should not be set free because this will lead to more effective recruitment of more terrorist members at large. they should be executed by the Government. Pato....from Nigeria

Tony Obi   November 13th, 2009 6:56 pm ET

I see no reason why these wicked elements are still kept under custody till now,why are we still talking of fair trial,did the victims of 9-11 get a fair trial before thier death?

Rahma   November 13th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

What a ludicrous question! Key word 'fair', these men are accused of carrying out terrorist acts in New York and its people, therefore to assume that a 'fair' trial is even possible is like questioning whether 2003 Iraq war was unjust.

If the trial takes place in New York then the verdict will be 'GUILTY AS CHARGED'...and if this is not the case then I will be bowled over.

zappy max (Be-Mex)   November 14th, 2009 12:18 am ET

I psted before about eh habeas corpus notion apparently forgotten (even ib htis horrendous case) if the Attorney General declared this same day those terrorists should be condemned to the death penalty.

=== on the theme of the Fort Wood killings, a french friend asked (in another europeanr blog) if a wheelchaired guy could be executed , under military law... of course it could happen under civilian courts decision, Then I wonder if in such case referring such deranged criminal also to a civilian court would not, also, be a way to avoid some kind of oficial embarassment with a firearms execution or hanging, if a military decision of death penalty is pronounced, as i suppose military didn't execute one of his members for decades.And I wonder from how long, by the way... Korea war, Vietnam ? WW2 ? any comment on that welcome.

Sayan Majumdar   November 14th, 2009 3:39 pm ET

Hala, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has already displayed excellent competency in enhancing the sale of French defence equipments to buyer nations often at cost of United States interests. So expect some form of ‘cold war’ between President Obama and President Sarkozy in years to come.

The height is perhaps the $ 12-billion projected sale of fighters to Indian Air Force where United States Boeing F/A-18IN ‘Super Hornet’, Lockheed Martin F-16IN ‘Super Viper’ and French Dassault Rafale (plus three others) are running ‘neck to neck’. Expect the drama to unfold in coming years.


Jasmine from Iran   November 15th, 2009 9:09 am ET

I think it is not just enough to have capital punishment for monsters such as him. Because they considers themselves to be "Martery of Islam"

I think they should feel the pain that they have caused thousands of families. And the rest of us who have to always fly in fear.

What they have to do " As according to their own Islamic law " is :
1) Get all the families that have lost loved ones and each family try a stone at him while reciting the name of their lost one. One by one

2) Get all the family/ relatives of the this monster and place them in a plane and then do to their family as they have done to other right in front of him.
I know that democracy and guilty until proven is the standard of US but by doing so you are actually implying that he or other like him are human. And you will only be making a Hero or Martyr out of them. How do you think the families that lost loved ones feel.
Example when the lockerbe terrorist was send back and their was a heros welcome.

Make an example so that they would not keep on happening again and again. Do not make it easy for them.

Deepee Egunjobi   November 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Justice must be done.There is nothing like a fair trial in this circumstance.the accused does not even feel any remorse.We have to wage the war on terror. Deepee From Nigeria

M Ariely   November 17th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

Terrorism is not ordinary crime

Terror is a tactical tool used by war doctrines that are not covered
by the international conventions.

Targeting civilians, not warring uniforms, fitighting and hiding among civilians
From one hand they attack the democtratic world order and from the second hand they are getting shelter from the world order.

The international lows (Example Geneva convention) should be change to get read of terrorism

A new international low system should be adopted against terror

Chinedu osefoh   November 17th, 2009 7:19 pm ET

They should hang them (the 9-11devils)why the wasting of time in trails. There is more emotional effects on the family of the late 9/11 victims.

Onu Michael(Nigeria NHIS STAFF)   November 18th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

America's judicial system have a way proferring opportunities for criminals to evade justice in the name of RIGHT TO FAIR HEARING. These inhuman islamic fundamentalist know this & this is a motivating factor for them, knowning that they could suddenly become "famous" and stil be alive.

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