Nov 05 2009

Senate Votes Down Graham Amendment Barring 9/11 Terrorists from Federal District Court

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after the Senate voted down the Graham Amendment.  The vote was 54-45. 


“I was very disappointed with the Senate vote. 


“Trying 9/11 terrorists, such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in civilian court gives them the same constitutional rights American citizens enjoy.  Civilian trials will also place our own national security at risk. 


“Sensitive information affecting national security may have to be provided to the defendant.  It will invariably find its way back into enemy hands.  We know this because it has happened before, specifically during the trial of the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel-Rahman. 


“What awaits us when we bring a 9/11 conspirator like KSM into federal court?  Chaos.  His trial will be a zoo.”