Senator Lindsey Graham has joined with some other high profile Senate veterans to ask the White House to keep war criminal prosecution out of civilian courts.
U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Joe Lieberman (ID-Connecticut), John McCain (R-Arizona), and Jim Webb (D-Virginia) today sent a letter to President Obama expressing concern over reports the Administration may try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other alleged war criminals in civilian courts. The Senators say that military commissions are the appropriate forum to try suspected terrorists and war criminals.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed, is considered to be behind the September 11 terrorist attacks. In the letter to the White House they said: “Civilian trials would treat the war on terrorism as a law enforcement operation, rather than a war, and would treat its alleged perpetrators as common criminals, instead of violators of the law of war.”
They say that the revised military commission procedures contained in S. 1390, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, not only meet but surpass the fundamental standards of fairness and due process required by our Supreme Court, the Geneva Conventions, and the rules of the International Criminal Court.
Last month, the Senate adopted an amendment to S. 1390 that expresses the Sense of the Congress that military commissions are the preferred forum for prosecution for violations of the law of war. The revised military commission procedures are likely to become law in the coming months, and the courtroom personnel and facilities at Guantanamo Bay are ready to continue prosecutions at that point.
That is where Senator Graham and his colleagues want to see these suspected war criminals tried by military commission.