Monday, November 16, 2009
This is a high-risk decision and dangerous on more than one front. There is a risk of safety for the 9/11 defendants. There is a risk that they turn the trial into a political show for the benefit of radicals in the Arab world. There is a risk that with the press hyping every moment of the trial, the defendants won't get anything close to a fair hearing. So why is the administration doing it? The PR gain from having a 9/11 trial in New York is far outweighed by negatives, it would seem. The president and his advisers know far more than I. One can only hope that they have applied common sense to deliberations.