U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) commented on news reports that the Administration will consider trying admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a military tribunal, rather than a civilian trial in a U.S. courtroom. Congressman Dent has long supported using military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay to try foreign terrorists captured in overseas operations.
“I am pleased the Administration has come to realize the legal and logistical impracticality of granting these terrorists a civilian trial,” Congressman Dent said. “My hope is the Administration takes the next step and agrees to hold these trials at Guantanamo Bay where the terrorists are housed.
“We created a proper and legal process for these types of individuals in the Military Commissions Act. We have a place already prepared to hold these tribunals without subjecting the American people to additional risk and cost. Let’s use these resources.”