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Prof. Thomas McDonnell on the US killing bin Laden 0

Prof. Thomas McDonnell on the US killing bin Laden

Pace Law School Prof. Thomas McDonnell, an expert on terrorism, is available to speak to the media about the potential repercussions of the US killing of Osama bin Laden.

“I have no sympathy whatever for a mass murderer like Osama bin Laden, but disagree with pundits who suggest that the death of Osama bin Laden is a nail in the coffin of Al Qaeda. If anything, some empirical research into religious terrorist organizations suggests that the US’s actions might have strengthened rather than weakened al Qaeda, by turning bin Laden into a martyr. We’ve given him the death that he wanted, and it will likely inspire more terrorist actions by his followers. In my view, it would have been much better if the US had captured bin Laden—though it’s unclear if that would have been possible. But now we must check our jubilation, and continue our resolve to eliminate terrorism, but through law and actions that will dampen the fires of violence rather than inflame them.”

Pace Law alumna Anna N. Sideris featured in The New York Times article, “Ghailani’s Lawyers Detail Terror Defense Strategy”. 0

Pace Law alumna Anna N. Sideris featured in The New York Times article, “Ghailani’s Lawyers Detail Terror Defense Strategy”.

Anna N. Sideris, a Pace Law alumna, discussed representing terrorism suspect with The New York Times in the story, “Ghailani’s Lawyers Detail Terror Defense Strategy.” Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was on trial for conspiring with Al Qaeda in the 1998 bombings of two American Embassies in East Africa. The defense team for Ghlailani argued that their client was tricked by Al Qaeda into the plot and actually had no knowledge of the bombing conspiracies.

“Developing trust with the client was huge in this case,” Sideris said, “because we needed him to open up and just talk to us, so we could learn his story — which was our defense.”

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