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Fate Of Bin Laden Driver In Military Jury's Hands

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Fate Of Bin Laden Driver In Military Jury's Hands

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Fate Of Bin Laden Driver In Military Jury's Hands

Fate Of Bin Laden Driver In Military Jury's Hands

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The trial of Salim Hamdan, one of Osama bin Laden's drivers, has gone to the jury. While the defense team argued that Hamdan's actions do not amount to the charges he faces, the prosecution maintained that Hamdan not only provided material support for terrorism, but also helped plan attacks with al-Qaida higher-ups.

Hamdan could face a life sentence if he's convicted.

Correction Aug. 14, 2008

In this interview, we said, "Defense also argues that there has to be a declared state of war with al-Qaida to be a violation of the law of war, and it wasn't declared until President Bush declared it in October of 2001." In fact, Congress authorized the president to use military force on September 18, and the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan on October 7.

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