Nov 13 2009

Senator Graham on Decision to try 9/11 Detainees in Federal District Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Obama Administration's decision to try the 9/11 conspirators in federal district court instead of by military commission.

"The decision on the proper venue to try Guantanamo detainees, particularly the 9/11 conspirators, is one of the most important decisions we will ever make in the War on Terror. I have had and continue to have very strong feelings on this subject. Those feelings are well-known as evidenced by our debate on the floor of the Senate last week.

"I have been asked by the White House to withhold comment about today's Guantanamo decision until I can meet face-to-face with the President after he returns from Asia. As our Commander in Chief, I will honor his request. I look forward to discussing this issue further."