Obama Hoped for Bin Laden Trial

    This April 1998 file photo shows Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Federal authorities dropped terrorism charges against bin Laden in court papers filed Friday, June 17, 2011, formally ending a case against the slain al-Qaida leader that began with hopes of seeing him brought to justice in a civilian court. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan approved a request made by federal prosecutors to dismiss the charges — a procedural move that's routine when defendants under indictment die.

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    President Obama preferred to capture Osama bin Laden and put him on trial, not assassinate him, according to The Finish, a new book by journalist Mark Bowden. Obama indicated that he would have hoped for a trial if bin Laden had surrendered, but that he expected him to die fighting. In an interview with Bowden, Obama said, “Frankly, my belief was if we had captured him, that I would be in a pretty strong position, politically, here, to argue that displaying due process and rule of law would be our best weapon against al Qaeda, in preventing him from appearing as a martyr.”

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