Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Administration’s Decision To Try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed In A Military Commission

“I am disappointed with the decision not to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a Federal court.  I believe that our justice system, which is the envy of the world, is more than capable of trying high-profile terrorism and national security cases.  Federal courts have convicted hundreds of terrorists.  The record in military commissions pales in comparison, with only a handful of convictions, and the ground rules still in flux.

“I have said before that we must continue to show that America acts out of strength, not out of fear.  Our justice system reflects that strength and our commitment to the rule of law.  I have absolute faith in the criminal justice system, and in the abilities of our Federal courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement to bring terrorists to justice. 

“When Americans are murdered on American soil, we should not be afraid to bring those responsible for those heinous acts to justice in American courts.”   

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