11.13.09

Burr Statement on the President’s Decision to Bring 9/11 Terrorists to the U.S.

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement in response to the Administration's announcement that Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four of his 9/11 co-conspirators will be tried in a civilian Federal court in New York.

"I am disappointed to learn of the President's decision to bring Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four of his co-defendants to New York to be tried in federal court. These are some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world; I find it shocking that the Administration would choose to bring the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks to our shores.

"Military Commissions were designed in a bipartisan effort specifically to provide terrorists a fair trial in a secure facility - without bringing them to our neighborhoods - and without undermining national security with exposure of sensitive information in civilian courts. Release of that information, including the possible disclosure of the sources and methods used to gather intelligence, puts American lives - civilian and military - at risk."