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Graham on Iraqi Prime Minister's Statement on Fighting ISIL

"The Iraqi Prime Minister may be over-estimating the capability of the Iraqi military forces to degrade and destroy ISIL."

09/18/2014 2:07:00 PM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today said this in response to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi saying there was no need for the United States or international coalition partners to send troops into Iraq to fight ISIL.

Graham Speaks with Liberian President about Combating Spread of Ebola

"I support the deployment of United States forces, as well as funding, to try and contain this serious health care problem facing the African continent and the world at large."

09/17/2014 5:50:00 PM

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after speaking with the President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about combating the spread of Ebola. Graham is the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

Graham Statement on Cease-Fire Between Russia and Ukraine

"President Obama is wrong to say the cease-fire is a result of crippling sanctions and the threat of future sanctions."

09/08/2014 5:08:00 PM

WASHINGTON - U.S Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Russia-Ukraine cease-fire and President Obama's assertion that the cease-fire is a result of applied and future sanctions.

"President Obama is wrong to say the cease-fire is a result of crippling sanctions and the threat of future sanctions.

Graham Statement on Reported Execution of Another American Journalist

"Mr. President, if you can't come up with a strategy, at least tell us what the goal is regarding ISIL."

09/02/2014 3:45:00 PM

WASHINGTON - U.S Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the reported execution of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Sotloff and all those who have suffered under ISIL's barbaric behavior.

Senators Graham and Menendez to President Obama: “The Test of Iranian Seriousness Must be Verifiable Action”

As the U.N. General Assembly is set to begin, Graham and Menendez write Obama: "Iran is not a friend whose world can be taken as a promise."

09/23/2013 4:10:00 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) wrote President Obama today urging him during his speech to the U.N. General Assembly to re-state the U.S. goal of not permitting Iran to achieve nuclear weapons capability and demanding verifiable action from the Iranian government in order to permit the possibility of a diplomatic accord with the international community.



Graham, Schumer Resolution Encourages Russia to Turn Over Edward Snowden to American Authorities

"On multiple fronts, Russia is becoming one of the bad actors in the world," said Graham.

07/19/2013 12:02:00 PM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) have introduced a bipartisan resolution encouraging the Russian government to turn over Edward Snowden to the United States. Since June 23 Snowden has been on Russian territory in the Sheremetyevo Airport.


Graham Supports Border Surge

When people in South Carolina say 'Secure the Border' I get it.

06/21/2013 2:09:00 PM

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) yesterday came out in support of the Corker-Hoeven border security amendment to the Senate immigration bill. A vote on the amendment is scheduled for Monday evening.

"When people in South Carolina say ‘Secure the Border,' I get it," said Graham. "The Corker-Hoeven amendment is a border surge and designed to help us regain over sovereignty. It is a robust border security measure which calls for the hiring, training and deployment of an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents on the southern border."

America Deserves The Truth About Benghazi

posted by Tate, Deputy Communications Director

05/07/2013 1:44:00 PM

Graham Discusses Importance of MOX Program

posted by Tate, Deputy Communications Director

04/23/2013 3:42:00 PM

Graham Questions Napolitano on Border Security

posted by Tate, Deputy Communications Director

04/23/2013 2:29:00 PM

Statement On Enemy Combatant Status For Boston Suspect

Posted by Tate, Deputy Communications Director

04/20/2013 2:33:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), John McCain (R-Arizona) and Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) and Congressman Peter King (R-New York) today made the following statement.

“We applaud our law enforcement for their hard work and bravery in Boston.

“It is clear the events we have seen over the past few days in Boston were an attempt to kill American citizens and terrorize a major American city. The accused perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorists trying to injure, maim, and kill innocent Americans.

“The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status. We do not want this suspect to remain silent.

“We are encouraged our High value detainee interrogation team (HIG) is now involved and working to gather intelligence about how these terrible acts were committed and possibility of future attacks.

“A decision to not read Miranda rights to the suspect was sound and in our national security interests.

“However, we have concerns that limiting this investigation to 48 hours and exclusively relying on the public safety exception to Miranda, could very well be a national security mistake. It could severely limit our ability to gather critical information about future attacks from this suspect.

“We should be focused on gathering intelligence from this suspect right now that can help our nation understand how this attack occurred and what may follow in the future. That should be our focus, not a future domestic criminal trial that may take years to complete.

“The public safety exception is a domestic criminal law doctrine that allows questioning of a criminal suspect without Miranda warnings for a limited time and purpose.

“We hope the Obama Administration will consider the enemy combatant option because it is allowed by national security statutes and U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

“We continue to face threats from radical Islamists in small cells and large groups throughout the world. They have, as their primary focus, killing as many Americans as possible, preferably within the United States. We must never lose sight of this fact and act appropriately within our laws and values.


Law of War / National Security Detainment

* American citizens who take up arms against our nation or collaborate with our enemies have been held as enemy combatants. This is well-established principle of American jurisprudence and authorized by congressional statute. (“There is no bar to this Nation’s holding one of its own citizens as enemy combatant.” -- Supreme Court decision Hamdi v Rumsfeld)

* Criminal domestic law is focused on solving a crime. The Law of War is focused on protecting our national security.

* An enemy combatant held under the Law of War is not entitled to Miranda rights or appointment of counsel. 

* The questioning of an enemy combatant for national security purposes has no limit on time or scope. In a case like this it could take weeks to prepare the questions that are needed to be asked and months before intelligence gathering is completed.

* An enemy combatant is entitled to a habeas hearing before a federal judge with appointment of a counsel. This takes place, usually, within 30 days of capture.

* The focus of the habeas hearing would be whether or not there is evidence to justify the enemy combatant status determination which would then allow continued confinement for intelligence gathering. 

* As to any future trial, if this suspect is an American citizen he is not subject to military commission trial. This exclusion, was authored by Senator Graham in the Military Commissions Act.

* Under the Law of War, the suspect must be humanely treated, consistent with the Detainee Treatment Act, and other domestic law, and the Geneva Conventions.

* In the future, when the suspect is committed to our federal court system he will have all the rights associated with that system.

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