enate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says the Obama Administration’s decision to try five 9/11 suspects in the United States puts the country at risk.
McConnell is concerned that by trying the suspects in a civilian court, classified information will be released and used by terrorists for future operations.
“The defendant is basically entitled to know everything the prosecution does, which inevitably in a case like this involves classified material,” he says.
Furthermore, McConnell says the military commission trial system at Guantanamo Bay is capable of trying the suspects, and they should not be brought to New York to be prosecuted.
“There’s no need for it,” he says. “These are not U.S. Citizens. They are not common criminals. This is not somebody who stuck up a convenience store. These are people who orchestrated a mass murder and was an act of war…not a criminal matter.”
Attorney General Eric Holder has said the suspects should be tried in the country where their alleged crimes were committed. McConnell says his legislative options to block the domestic trials have been exhausted.