Bradford Berenson, former Associate White House Counsel, is on C-Span (Friday evening 3/23), explaining why military tribunals are appropriate for terrorists. He noted that U.S. District Judge Kevin Duffy, the judge who tried the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center attack, has a 24-hour guard to protect him from revenge attacks by Muslim terrorists. That is a huge burden for a public servant and the public purse to bear.

A little googling confirmed that the judge is indeed under such protection:

Michael Bounds, 47, Jackson, deputy U.S. marshal:

Terrorists had been on his mind hours before two airliners smashed into the World Trade Center.

That’s because Bounds was in New York City on a special detail, helping to protect U.S. District Judge Kevin Duffy, who presided over the trial involving the 1993 terrorist bombing of the center. “He has a lifetime detail protection based on the threats against him.”

When the terrorist strike took place on Sept. 11, Bounds helped rush Duffy to a secure location.

Suppose we capture Osama bin Ladin and he is tried in a civilian court in New York. Suppose you are asked to serve on the jury. Suppose you receive threats against your life from Osama’s supporters. Would you still serve? Suppose jurors at a previous terrorist trial had been decapitated by Muslim terrorists. Still willing to serve? Duffy received threats so serious that he has lifetime protection. Would civilian jurors get the same level of protection? Your call.

If Osama is ever again able to mount a major attack on US soil, I doubt he’ll target the Supreme Court or the NYT headquarters. Just a guess.