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McConnell Rips Holder on Terror Trials

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June 22, 2011

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says Attorney General Eric Holder is wrong to detain two suspected militants from Iraq in civilian facilities in his home state of Kentucky instead of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

In a Washington Post op-ed Wednesday, McConnell wrote that it is “ludicrous” to give a civilian trial to Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, two Iraqi nationals living in Kentucky who were arrested last month on charges related to targeting American troops in Iraq.

Last week, in a speech in front of the American Constitution Society, Holder said that the civilian court system is "our most effective terror-fighting weapon."

 

Calling this “an audacious claim about the war on terrorism,” McConnell added that Holder’s words were insulting to troops.

“Holder’s clear intent was to justify the Obama administration’s two-year misadventure in treating captured terrorists like common criminals,” McConnell wrote in the Post.

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