Let us assume that Bin Ladin is the "mastermind" of the attacks in the United States. And let us assume he would be tried in the United States. Would/Could it be at all possible for him to get a fair trial? (Barring there weren't multiple attempts on his life during the trial or the government didn't dispose of him such as they did with Lee Harvey Oswald) I think Bin Laden or whoever is behind the attacks would get a trial but it would be over before it started. Now, how would you like to be the lawyer who has to defend Bin Laden or whoever is responsible? If and whoever that lawyer ends up being I would not like to be him. Funny thing is, what more patriotic thing can you do than defend someone who killed thousands of your countrymen?