McConnell: Protect Kentuckians by sending accused Bowlng Green terrorists to Gitmo

06/14/2011 08:20 PM

Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell used his floor speech Tuesday to call on President Barack Obama to change policy and remove two accused terrorists from the judicial system in Kentucky and place them at Guantanamo Bay.

“Get these men out of Kentucky,” McConnell said. “Get these terrorists out of the civilian system. Get them out of our backyards. And give them the justice they deserve.”

Last month, authorities arrested Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi in Bowling Green, and a federal grand jury indicted them on conspiracy and terrorism-related charges.

Both are men Iraqi and came to Bowling Green as refugees.

McConnell said because they aren’t U.S. citizens, the appropriate place for them is the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay for terrorism suspects – and not the U.S. courts.

“How would you like to be the judge in this case? How would you like to be the jurors in this case? Do they run the risk of being targets for the rest of their lives?” he said. “Why should we subject U.S. citizens to this kind of risk?”

McConnell said changing that policy is essential for Kentuckians’ safety and for justice.

“Sending them to Gitmo is the only way we can prevent Kentuckians from having to cover the cost and having to deal with the disturbance and disruptions that would come with a civilian trial,” he said. “And sending them to Gitmo is the best way to ensure that they get what they deserve.”


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