Sunday, July 27, 2008

McCain on Nuremberg redux for bin Laden

CNN reports that the Republicans' presumptive nominee for President supports some kind of international prosecution for Osama bin Laden should that al Qaeda leader be captured. Specifically:
Sen. John McCain on Friday said as president he would consider bringing Osama bin Laden to justice through a Nuremberg-like international trial.

... 'We have various options. The Nuremberg Trials are certainly an example of the kind of tribunal that we could move forward with. I don't think we'd have any difficulty in devising an international -- internationally supported mechanism that would mete out justice. There's no problem there.'
McCain said it would be a 'good thing to reveal to the world the enormity of this guy's crimes, and his intentions, which are still there.'
Unclear what kind of trial the Senator from Arizona (above right) means by "a Nuremberg-like international trial," nor why he'd rule out a domestic trial for a man whom Mary Jo White, then the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, indicted a decade ago. Interesting nonetheless.

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