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McConnell Demands Foreign Terror Suspects Held In Kentucky Be Sent To Gitmo

Earlier today Sen. McConnell was interviewed on Fox News where he talked about two terror suspects currently being held in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Leader McConnell strongly believes these two men should be sent to the secure detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and tried in a military commission.

 

VIDEO of the interview is here: Report: Iraqi Terror Suspects Being Held in U.S. Excerpts are below.

 

Here’s an AP story with a little background on the issue: “The top-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate wants two Iraqis facing terrorism-related charges in Kentucky sent to the prison at Guantanamo Bay rather than allow them to face trial in a civilian court. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday morning and called 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi “foreign fighters” who should be subject to the same system as combatants caught on a battlefield. . . . Alwan and Hammadi are charged in a 23-count indictment with conspiring to send weapons and money to Al-Qaida in Iraq. Alwan is also charged with attacking American soldiers in Iraq. A grand jury in Bowling Green charged the men last month. . . . Alwan and Hammadi were admitted into the United States with refugee status in 2009. Homeland Security officials have said the men slipped through cracks in the system that have since been fixed.”

 

Excerpts:

 

“Well they had gotten into the country as refugees and my colleague Senator Paul is going to be looking into how they got in. I have a different concern and that is the question of whether or not we ought to be trying foreign terrorists in U.S. courts. You know, we’ve been down this path before. Remember when the administration wanted to try the mastermind of the 911 attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in New York. You can remember the reaction of the people in New York. They didn’t want him tried there. A few years ago Bill, you were reporting this at the time, we set up military commissions for the specific purpose of trying foreign terrorists. Now the perfect place for these and the appropriate place for these terrorists is at Guantanamo – to be interrogated and if subsequently a trial is deemed appropriate for these foreign terrorists – there are courtrooms down there for the military commission trials. There is really no reason to be mainstreaming these foreign terrorists into a regular U.S. court…”

 

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“What’s the hold up? Well, the Justice Department made the decision, incorrectly in my view, to treat this as a U.S. law enforcement matter rather than a foreign terrorist issue. Yeah, they were captured in the United States. It was terrific work done by the justice department and the law enforcement agencies. All of that evidence that’s been gathered would be useful in the military commission. The problem is, we’ve got them in a U.S. court.  With all of the attendants security problems for the city of Bowling Green. How much is the security going to cost them? What about the judge and security for the judge? What about the juries and security for the juries? There’s no reason in the world, Bill, to be subjecting any American city to all of the complexities and security problems related to trying a foreign terrorist in a U.S. court.”

 

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“Well we do know that they wanted to move KSM, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, from Gitmo to New York. They decided not to do that. They claim they’ve never captured a foreign terrorist in the U.S. and tried them in a military court. But they can, there’s no prohibition. Foreigners are not entitled to the protections of the Bill of Rights, they are not entitled to be in a U.S. court. We set up military commissions a few years ago specifically for this purpose. Why not send them to Guantanamo, interrogate them, try to find out what they know – all the information they know – and then at the appropriate time if a trial is deemed appropriate do it in a military commission that was set up specifically for the purpose of trying foreign terrorists.”

 

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“Yeah or any other American city. You know Bill, there’s no requirement that a foreign terrorist be tried in a U.S. court simply because they were captured in the United States.”

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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