On January 11, 2012, Roosevelt House hosted a book discussion with William Shawcross, author of Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
About the Book:
The case of imprisoned senior Al Qaeda plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed raises issues – logistical, legal, and ethical – emblematic of the challenge posed to all nations and the international community. Should the U.S. seek the high ground and try to make its law apply to the stateless and lawless who would do it harm? Or would a civil, federal trial reward a war criminal with the rights of a U.S. citizen to which he is not entitled? Would a military tribunal be appropriate legally, militarily, or morally? In this book, William Shawcross – a journalist and chairman of the London-based NGO Article 19 – explores the debate that these questions have provoked over the proper application of democratic values in a time of war.