Since we are locked in a propaganda war with Al Quaida -- not just a military war -- having the trials in New York could turn into a huge boon for the USA.
We will show the world how our system of justice operates, and we will be able to publicize the viciousness of Al Quaida terrorists from the testimony and all the other evidence submitted in open court.
If we are trying to win the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Muslim countries, these trials could turn out to be of great benefit to us.
Everyone knew of the enormity of the Nazi crimes by the time World War II ended. We could have shot the leading Nazi war criminals the moment they were caught.
However, the Nuremberg Trials produced a huge mountain of testimony and documentary evidence which created a full record of those crimes for all the world to see and remember -- a record which is preserved forever.
Today, after all, why do so many of the local people in Afghanistan and Pakistan still give help and refuge to Al Quaida and the Taliban? Our enemies have been very successful in using the abuses that were committed at Gitmo as propaganda against us.
Hopefully, the evidence which is produced at the New York trials, and the very existence of these trials themselves -- will give us a powerful new propaganda weapon to use against our enemies in the battle for the hearts and minds of the local populations.