Sadakat Kadri

Judgment Days

Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

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As Barack Obama advanced towards the presidency during 2008, one of his campaign themes resonated with some force. Seven years after President Bush had called for Osama bin Laden’s capture, ‘dead or alive’, Obama promised a return to legal orthodoxies. Whereas Bush had interned alleged terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and other prisons, claiming novel powers to authorise military trials and ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ (such as waterboarding), Obama would have no truck with such exigencies. ‘I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo,’ he told a journalist on 16 November 2008, ‘and I will follow through on that.’

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