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Life imitates parody department

In October 2006, I wrote in the Wall Street Journal:

The trial lawyers have now enlisted themselves in the war against terror. One can imagine a parody -- a team of wing-tipped attorneys parachuting into the wilds of Afghanistan, armed with subpoenas forcing Osama bin Laden to produce all relevant documents and secure his attendance at a 20-day videotaped deposition (damn the Geneva Conventions against torture). The legal and photocopying bills alone crush al Qaeda.

Today, a federal court awarded a $9.3 billion default judgment against al Qaeda over the September 11 attacks. My money is still on SEAL Team Six to be more effective. At least the lawsuit was against al Qaeda instead of Motorola or Boeing or the airlines or the Port Authority.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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