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June 9, 2009
Guantanamo detainee sent to U.S. to stand trial

Ahmed Ghailani, a detainee from Guantanamo Bay, arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday and was brought to a federal prison in New York to stand trial.

He faces charges that he helped build the bombs used in the 1998 al-Qaeda attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, where 224 people were killed, including a dozen Americans.

Victoria Toensing, a former deputy assistant U.S. attorney general in the criminal division during the Reagan administration, discusses her view on the potential closing of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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I usually enjoy watching Worldfocus. However, yesterday I was incensed that you aired this interview with Victoria Toensing a right-winger whose “expertise” was earned under the reactionary Reagan presidency. Please balance such views with those more mainstream in the future.


I have been watching Worldfocus for months now and had been enjoying what I found to be actual news. Today, however, I was horrified to see Victoria Toensing consulted as a legal expert. No serious legal professional would regard her as such. She is at home among the ranks of Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly. Please revert to real scholars; your audience will surely diminish if more egregious errors in guest selection occur.

Thank you for an otherwise excellent program.

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