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Proposed Amendment Would Hamper Ability to Get Actionable Intelligence

WASHINGTON - Responding to today's announcement that Senator Lindsey Graham plans
to introduce legislation that would block funding for civilian trials
for five accused 9/11 terrorists currently held at the U.S. detention
facility at Guantanamo, Human Rights First's Devon Chaffee issued the
following statement:

"Senator Graham's efforts to hamstring law enforcement would hamper
our ability to obtain actionable intelligence from terrorism suspects
and to bring them to justice.  Hundreds of terror suspects have been
interrogated by the FBI and tried in civilian courts since 9/11. Such
suspects have given critical information about al-Qaida sleeper cells
within the United States, training camps in Afghanistan, and details
about high-level terrorism suspects such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed."


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