November 18, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Today, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions [R-AL] the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, charged the Obama administration's decision to try 9/11 terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his associates in a New York civilian court, as being "dangerous" and "misguided." Sessions' remarks were delivered at the Department of Justice oversight hearings, which featured AG Eric Holder.
"On September 11, 2001, our nation was attacked by a savage gang of terrorists. Their intent was to kill innocent Americans and bring ruin to the United States.
The death and destruction they caused in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania was an act of war.
At the time, that was crystal clear to us. If there is now-among some folks in Washington-any confusion on that point, it is because time has dulled their memory, or because other matters have clouded their judgment.
But the American people remember that day well, and they know that the facts have not changed.
President Bush responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks swiftly and forcefully, and we have been blessed that the dedicated work of millions of Americans has prevented a similar attack.
Today, we remain engaged in two long struggles in Afghanistan and Iraq. We wish the work there were easy, but it is not. As we sit in this chamber, 188,000 American men and women in uniform fight tirelessly to root out terrorism from foreign battlefields. Our military and intelligence personnel are in fact at war every day-seven days a week-under dangerous and adverse conditions, because this Congress has authorized and asked them to go there, and we sent them there.
The best way to honor these men and women is to work just as hard and just as smartly to ensure what we do supports them and the goals we have set for them.
Regrettably, when I look at the policies taking shape under the new administration, I fear this is not the case.