For Immediate Release


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Senator Russ Feingold

On Trying Guantanamo Bay Detainees

Statement by Senator Rus Feingold

pleased that after more than eight years, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11
attacks will finally be brought to justice.  I commend the Obama
administration for deciding to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York, which
shows the world that this country stands firmly behind its system of justice
and its Constitution.  As we saw with Zacarias Moussaoui, Richard Reid,
and Timothy McVeigh, our system of justice is more than capable of securely,
fairly, and effectively prosecuting alleged terrorists.  I remain
skeptical that it is necessary to use the controversial military commission
system for cases such as the USS Cole bombing.  Despite the changes
enacted by Congress this year, that untested system does not have the track
record of fairness and justice that our criminal justice system has. 
Nevertheless, today’s announcement is long overdue.”

Feingold is a member of the Senate Judiciary, Intelligence and Foreign
Relations Committees


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