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Obama Says The US Would Have Tried Bin Laden In Court, But History Says Otherwise

Joshua Berlinger

President Obama believes that the United States would have put Osama Bin Laden on trial for masterminding the brutal attacks on 9/11; a proud, courageous display of the faith our country has in its democracy.

According to Mark Bowden, the author of "The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden," a soon-to-be-released book on the bin Laden raid, Obama told him:

"We worked through the legal and political issues that would have been involved, and Congress and the desire to send him to Guantanamo, and to not try him."

It's quite symbolic: Fight terrorism through justice, where democracy and the rule of law triumphs over the anarchy and evil of terrorism.

But hold on a second — something doesn't add up.

The United States dropped plans to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, one of the crucial planners of 9/11, in a lower-Manhattan court, citing concerns over the cost of security and a somewhat poor public perception. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg estimated that the trial would cost $200 million a year.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's trial was cancelled, and he remains in Guantanamo Bay today facing prosecution by a military tribunal.

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