I’m Going to Miss This Congressman

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

From retiring congressman Pete Hoekstra:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after a jury cleared African embassy bomber and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani of all but one charge in the attacks:

“The ruling in this case confirms that the decision by President Obama to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other Gitmo detainees in civilian courts was a mistake and will not work. This case was supposed to be the easy one, and the Obama administration failed — the Gitmo cases from here-on-out will only get more difficult.

“The sites of the terrorist attacks against our embassies were processed as crime scenes and ample evidence was gathered, yet the administration still failed to convict Ghailani for the murders of 224 innocent men, women and children. It is unrealistic for the administration to continue even considering civilian trials for the remaining Gitmo detainees, most of whom were picked up on the field of battle or as part of terrorist takedowns.

“Attorney General Eric Holder has stated that he is close to making a decision on whether to move forward with the Obama administration’s plan to try KSM and the other 9/11 conspirators in court in New York City. This ruling should serve as the wake-up call that the Obama administration needs to reverse course and do the responsible thing — to reinstate military tribunals for all Gitmo detainees.

“The families who lost loved ones on 9/11 and the citizens of our great nation have cried out for justice in those attacks. Military tribunals remain the best, the only option for that to happen. It’s the only real choice left for President Obama and his attorney general to make.”

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