June 27, 2011

Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY): Too dangerous to try terror case in Kentucky, The Herald-Leader/WaPo Opinion disagrees

Pictured: Flag of the "Islamic State of Iraq" (aka al-Qaida in Iraq)

Kentucky.com

[Mitch McConnell]The Herald-Leader is staking out very lonely territory when it comes out in favor of trying two Iraqi-born suspects in a civilian federal court here in Kentucky.

There's a broad, bipartisan consensus across the state: Get these alleged terrorists out of Kentucky.

I imagine readers of the editorial page are no exception — especially if they know all the facts.

The two men arrested in Bowling Green are not American citizens; they're apparently enemy combatants who have taken up arms against U.S. soldiers on a foreign battlefield.[...]

There is no question that we could prosecute these men in civilian court, but after Congress created a $200 million, state-of-the-art facility in Guantanamo Bay precisely for this purpose, why would we want to?

It simply makes no sense to saddle Kentuckians with some of the security and logistical costs associated with ensuring the safety of our residents during the trial [...]

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try these enemy combatants in Bowling Green instead of Guantanamo Bay is the wrong one.

I was shocked to hear Holder say recently that "our most effective terror-fighting weapon (is) our Article Three court system."

I think that if Osama bin Laden were still alive, he would say our most effective weapon is the American military.[More]

Now WaPo Opinion:
The call by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to detain and interrogate two men arrested in Kentucky and accused of supporting Iraqi insurgents was wrong, legally and practically [“The right place to try terrorists,” op-ed, June 22].

The best way to obtain intelligence and achieve justice is through the federal courts, where hundreds of suspected terrorists have been prosecuted successfully and valuable information about terrorist networks and activities secured by law enforcement in the process. The federal courts unquestionably have jurisdiction over charges against the men of conspiracy and material support — unlike the Guantanamo military commissions, in which the designation of these charges as war crimes is improper and rightly contested.

No surprise coming for WaPo. Frankie Martin of WaPo defamed The Jawa Report. We know which side they stand on, and no, he has not apologized.

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