Senator Lindsey Graham says it’s about time that an alleged terrorist gets his day in court– a military court, that is.
The trial for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is being moved back to Gitmo for a military tribunal.
Graham, who serves on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, has always said that Guantanamo Bay is the correct venue, not a U.S. criminal court.
On Fox News this afternoon, Graham says
The judges and the jurors and the prosecutors and defense attorneys are the same that we use in court martials (sic) of our own people. So this idea that somehow military commissions are inferior justice, I find incredibly offensive as a military lawyer. Every conviction will be appealed to the civilian system. It will be a transparent trial. He will be presumed innocent until proven guilty or he chooses to plead guilty. He will have counsel of his own choosing. There’ll be a military jury to pass judgement.
The senator says this case will not be hard to prove:
This is not a complicated case. I was at Guantanamo Bay a couple of years ago when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed went to a combat status review tribunal to determine if he was in fact an enemy combatant. For about an hour he talked about all the Americans he killed, cutting off Daniel Pearlman’s head, planning 9-11.
Graham says, “Justice will be rendered finally after years of (the defendant) sitting in jail waiting.”