The U.S. cannot un-torture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. It cannot redo the detention of these men in a way that is humane and just. There is, however, the chance to ensure that the court in which they are judged is not a further perversion of the values Americans claim to hold dear.
The Egyptian peoples' revolution that began a year ago today must not be allowed to be hijacked by the military. The Egyptians, more than ever, need the support of the international community during this critical period, to achieve their goals.
The capture of bin Laden argues elegantly against high-priced, nation-building, mission-creeping war, and its inevitable collateral damage, in order to go after individuals who are, at bottom, criminals.
The suggestion that using civilian trials would serve as a symbol of the strength of our justice system is misplaced. Reality is more important than symbolism, and in reality, it is a no-win situation.
Flying in the face of conventional wisdom and airborne by his own elocution, Senator Graham states that "civilian trials create confusion," an astonishing assertion given their 89% conviction rate of suspected terrorists.
If it's a war and you find an enemy on the battlefield, you kill him. Opting in the first instance to detain and interrogate someone, on the other hand, is what you're doing if you're running a criminal investigation.