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Terror Suspects Arrested in Bowling Green Due in Court

by Dan Modlin, Kentucky Public Radio

Two Iraqi men who are facing terrorism charges are due in court tomorrow (Wednesday) in Bowling Green. The hearing will determine whether the men should be held without bail while their case is pending.

The two were indicted on 23 counts in connection with their alleged attempts to provide cash and weapons to al Qaida in Iraq. If convicted of all counts, they could face life in prison.

Court filings indicate the men were involved in IED attacks against American soldiers before they came to the United States. They were arrested in Bowling Green in May. Their case has raised a number of questions about how the men were able to enter the U.S. Senator Rand Paul has called for congressional hearings to investigate the matter.

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Negotiator Discusses START In Louisville

by Sheila Ash

The Chief U.S. negotiator for a treaty on the reduction of nuclear weapons was in town Friday to address the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations.

Assistant Secretary for Arms Control Rose Gottemoeller’s speech focused on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with the Russian Federation. START limits the number of deployed warheads each nation may have to 1,550, down from 2,200. Both countries, though, may still stockpile thousands of inactive warheads.

Gottemoeller says the U.S. must keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

That is the most significant threat today,” she says. “The United States doesn’t worry so much any more about a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union that was the cold war problem that was the cold war threat number one. But nowadays the threat number one is the threat of terrorism and particularly the threat of nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists.)

The New START was signed earlier this year and is before the Senate for ratification. The first treaty expired in 2009.

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McConnell Opposed To Domestic 9/11 Trials

McConnellenate 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.