Ayotte: 9/11 conspirators belong in military tribunal
New Hampshire junior Sen. Kelly Ayotte spoke out yesterday, offering measured praise for Attorney General Holder’s decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, while also taking the opportunity to criticize the Obama administration for arriving at the decision to keep Mohammad out of civilian courts “belatedly and reluctantly.”
See below for the full text of Ayotte’s statement:
AYOTTE: KHALID SHEIKH MOHAMMED, 9/11 CO-CONSPIRATORS BELONG IN MILITARY TRIBUNAL
Administration’s Reversal Reflects Broken Terrorist Detention Policy, Need To Keep Guantanamo Bay Open
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) issued the following statement today regarding Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to refer Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the 9/11 co-conspirators to a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:
“Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the 9/11 co-conspirators committed an act of war against our country, which is why they have no place in our civilian justice system. While the Obama Administration has come to this decision belatedly and reluctantly, I believe the decision to try the 9/11 terrorists in a military commission at Guantanamo represents the correct decision.
“The Administration’s reversal demonstrates once again that its detention policies are badly broken and in need of reform. For this reason, I introduced a legislative solution with Senators McCain, Lieberman, Graham and others that establishes common sense detainee policies that will help keep Americans safe. This package included a provision that specifically prohibits the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court. Moreover, it keeps the Guantanamo Bay facility open so that we have an appropriate place to send future terrorists who we capture.
“I traveled to Guantanamo Bay last month and saw firsthand that the state of the art courtroom there is the appropriate place for these terrorists to be held accountable. As someone who has fought for victims in the courtroom, I am hopeful that today’s announcement represents a significant step toward obtaining justice for the family members who lost loved ones on 9/11.”