Counter Terrorism Issues: Case Studies in the Courtroom

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  • Spans the past two decades, connecting case studies through common themes
  • Draws extensively on primary sources, including trial transcripts, witness statements, and court decisions
  • Covers not only the most infamous terrorist cases, but also less well-known but equally important cases and issues
  • Includes extensive endnotes with primary and secondary sources

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The American legal profession and judicial system bear a unique responsibility to set and maintain the balance between defending homeland security and protecting the civil liberties outlined in the Bill of Rights. These competing interests will continue to collide as the threats to our safety grow. Exploring the most significant terrorist cases of the past two decades, Counter Terrorism Issues: Case Studies in the Courtroom presents a panoramic view of the American judiciary’s handling of domestic terrorism in the last 20 years.

Drawing extensively upon trial transcripts, witness statements, and judicial opinions, the book brings the underlying events back to life and demonstrates how the criminal justice system has sought to grapple with conflicting facts and countervailing legal rights and responsibilities.

The book examines some of the most notorious recent cases—the two attacks on the World Trade Center, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Fort Hood massacre. It also looks at lesser-known but equally important incidents, including those involving animal-rights radicals who harass university researchers and corporate executives, as well as the actions of terrorist "wannabes" who threaten our security. Also discussed are attempts by victims of terrorist attacks to sue state sponsors of terrorism.

Through the words of witnesses, judges, and the attorneys who tried these cases in America’s courtrooms, the book provides important commentary on the related back-stories and historical/political contexts of these events, enabling readers to understand the significance of these often-infamous attacks on U.S. soil.

Table of Contents

The Fire Bell in the Night: The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing
The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing
Pretrial Proceedings
Mohammad Salameh’s Bail Application
Motions to Suppress Evidence
The First Criminal Trial
The Subsequent Criminal Trials
The Civil Trial
Conspiracy Theories
The Last Word
Homegrown Terrorists: Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols (1995)
Pretrial Proceedings
McVeigh’s Trial
Appeals and Execution
Should Zacarias Moussaoui Die for Usama Bin Laden’s Sins? (2006)
Early al Qaeda Attacks
Planning and Execution
Pretrial Legal Maneuvers
The Trial: Phase 1
The Trial: Phase 2
Conspiracy Theories
It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dog? The Trial of the SHAC 7 (2006)
The Roots of the Animal Rights Movement
Animal Activist Philosophy and Tactics
Federal Legislation to Protect Scientists Using Animals
Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty (SHAC)
SHAC’s Website
Indictments and Trial
Andrew Baker
Sally Dillenback
Marion Harlos
Robert Harper
Conviction and Appeal
All My Trials Soon Be Over? Sami Al-Arian (2005–2010)
Al-Arian’s Terrorism Trial
Al-Arians Civil Contempt Case
Al-Arians Criminal Contempt Case
The Final Chapter?
Victims Fight Back: The Persian Antiquities Cases (2001–2012)
The Museum of Fine Arts
The Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Harvard University
The Field Museum
The Oriental Institute
2010 Developments
Who Does Own Antiquity?
Two Postscripts
The Supreme Court Declines to Intervene
At the Tipping Point on the Scales of Justice: National Security vs. Civil Liberties (When a U.S. Citizen Is Declared an Unlawful Enemy Combatant)
Introduction: The Laws of War, War Crime Trials, and Combatants’ Rights
Children of a Lesser God? Second-Class Citizens and Unlawful Enemy Combatants
Enter Jose Padilla
The Litigation Carnival Moves South
Padilla’s Pretrial Perambulations
Padilla’s Trial and Post-Trial Proceedings
Conspiracy Theories
Of Wannabes and Bumblers: The Fort Dix Conspirators and the Underwear Bomber
The Fort Dix Wannabes
The Target
The Plotters
The Underwear Bomber
Lone Madman or Freelance Jihadist? Nidal Malik Hasan and the Fort Hood Shootings (2009)
The Shootings and the Legal Proceedings to Date
Anwar al-Awlaki and the Yemeni Connection
The Yemeni Connection (Redux): What the Times Square Bomber Case Portends
Legal Proceedings and Trial
Accomplices and Co-Conspirators?
New Challenges Loom

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