Senator Lindsey Graham says he supports holding 50 Guantanamo detainees in preventative detention, a status that will be used to hold terror suspects who are too dangerous to release but cannot be tried by military tribunal or in civilian court.
Graham said in a statement: With the percentage of former Guantanamo detainees who have returned to the fight soaring to 20 percent, we must not be hesitant to detain those who pose a real threat to our national security.
He adds that the Obama aadministration should work with Congress to develop and pass a law to indefinitely hold detainees off the battlefield. It should be a national security-centered plan, based on the law of armed conflict.
Graham says he is in the process of drafting legislation dealing with the issue of preventative detention. He says “These detainees are warriors, not common criminals. They should be treated as such, and the legal system we use to detain them must be built around that concept.”