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A sound bit -- -- are pleading not guilty to charges of conspiracy to kill Americans.
The top al-Qaeda spokesperson appearing in a New York City federal courthouse and of course at courthouse is only blocks -- the World Trade Center towers came crashing down.
On nine -- -- some Republican lawmakers are outraged that the terror suspect is being tried in the civilian court.
President drink how did you I just nice to see you served.
Good to see you have been Friday night to -- Every Friday night in -- you and I are both working anyway.
I'm but they ask you what's your position and what do you think should dead the spokesperson for al-Qaeda and the -- law.
They try to civilian court new -- would a lot of seemed taken -- at gitmo what do you think.
I did blow a naval vessel along anywhere other than New York in -- think other than a civilian trial of safety is one issue convenience to.
Otherwise innocent people who live and work.
Near the US district court but -- the real significant difference Greta -- for the differences in the way the two tribunals.
Work well from a discovery standpoint.
The way the jury system works there is no jury in a tribunal these are military officers you don't have to have unanimous jury verdicts in tribunals.
But discovery is the thing that really concerns me and I'll -- attorney general specifically about it.
Why do you think couldn't be.
Obama administration elected to take it to New York they sign of the controversy before -- earlier discussion about where to try some of these people but.
Why do you think why do you what is their -- him -- going to new York and the federal court.
Why I asked the attorney general but a year and a half ago that very question and -- -- -- many limitations as an inability to read other people's minds but I suspect.
He wants to showcase our civilian.
Criminal justice system.
-- and that's great we can do that trying somebody for for bank robbery we can do that trying somebody for drug trafficking.
I'm more concerned about classified information might imagine discredit me your.
You were very accomplished attorney imagine he farce is -- tomorrow and says I'm gonna represent myself.
So give me all the discovery all the classified information.
Although 30 twos or or or whatever evidence there is is there any guarantee that that that he's gonna keep that.
That discovery some of which may be classified.
From getting in the wrong hands we've seen that happen before in civilian trials so why would we take that risk.
Well it seems to me that that the -- for at least some problem I see now that I think that the mean judge Brinkema and US said that district court for the eastern district of Virginia.
How -- these terrorists -- -- -- had a very good -- -- -- very true that with the defendant -- at one point -- represented themselves good so I mean it can be done and there are ways to deal -- NASA security -- that -- -- information that can be done.
But the big problem here was a -- visit -- -- Brandeis of we -- the ability to question him and perhaps he lived he would have exposed -- about other terrorist networks -- potential plans against United States.
That to me seems to be wary of the rubber hits the road.
Well you pointed out -- -- -- different you can actually listen in on conversations between defendants and their criminal attorneys.
Our defense attorneys in tribunals but you you you used the phrase it can be -- I don't disagree it can be.
The question I ask is should it be lots of things can be done.
But they should not be Dodd and if our only motivation is to try to showcase to the world that we have a fair criminal justice system and hopes that -- they're going to like us.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- All have different -- a -- is different juries and the rules of evidence apply differently and military tribunals and in US district court.
He -- strikes me is so peculiar about this discussion of congressman is that as senator Rand Paul.
Did -- that a filibusters you know on the senate floor.
-- -- the answer the question about whether or not the Obama administration thought -- could use a drone to Killen American on American -- couldn't get the and to not create this filibuster.
He gets -- -- -- response from the attorney general that indeed that that they couldn't be done.
But here -- a situation where there is a discussion whether we could kill an American with a draw without any trial whatsoever.
And yet -- at the same camera and that discussion we're bringing somebody in from overseas and give you a full planner and fully outset of -- -- swing at a trial it with cross examination lawyers.
Yet there -- this discussion about they would even own up that death you know -- not gonna kill Osama without any trial.
You were very good attorney Greta because I got off all to myself trotting over to the studio tonight that that dichotomy between not being -- -- -- answer whether or not you can kill.
A US citizen on US soul.
Drinking coffee at a cafe he -- Answer that question horribly.
But yet we're going to try enemy combatants and -- more favorable setting.
Then the soldiers they're shooting at a -- given my soldier still did -- in civilian court.
They don't get the full panoply of our protections three public defenders all the legal pads and access to -- library our soldiers don't get that I don't know what these.
This attorney general will -- him.
This week when he -- -- a problem for the Senate Judiciary Committee but he took a very simple question.
And he turned it into a thirteen hour filibuster.
The answer to our question mr.
attorney general is no you cannot kill an American citizen who's drinking coffee and a cafe the answers -- What did actually a good thing that I -- -- what the attorney general say wait till the filibusters over a million -- -- American response recess it's come to my attention.
That -- summit -- -- he didn't come as attention you know he knew very well with the filibuster going out about that question that -- -- and and I expected -- victory -- sort of petty response but anyway that's Washington.
That -- thank you sir.
Thank you have a good weekend.
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