McConnell says Bowling Green terrorist case is unique, wants accused terrorists sent to Cuba

06/17/2011 03:32 PM

The two Iraqi refugees from Bowling Green indicted in federal court for acts of terrorism, have sparked controversy among officials and politicians from the Bluegrass to the Washington beltway.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, appeared in Bowling Green today, flanked by other elected officials, to send a message to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama.

McConnell’s number one message: get accused terrorists Wad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi taken out of the court system, and put into indefinite military detention in Guantanomo Bay, Cuba. McConnell’s second message: terrorists across the world could not have found Bowling Green on a map before the indictments, know where it is now.

“When you catch a foreign terrorist, the first thing on your mind is not prosecution, but detention and interrogation,” McConnell said. (see the :40 mark of the clip)

In his speech, he cited comments by New York officials, who argued against having a Manhattan-based trial of the masterminds behind the September 11th attacks.

McConnell also wondered what type of security risks a federal trial might pose in a small city like Bowling Green, asking how one might feel about being a prosecutor, judge or juror working on an accused terrorists case.


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