Monday, February 1, 2010

Buchanan: Terror suspects shouldn't get trials in civilian courts

U.S. Reps. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, and Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, discuss Buchanan's proposed bill that would require suspected terrorists to be tried in military courts. (Photo by Marc R. Masferrer/

With an airport baggage screening machine behind them, U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan and Tom Rooney gave a plug for Buchanan's proposal to require military, not civilian trials, for suspected terrorists.

"Terrorists with ties to known terror organizations such as al-Qaida should be tried by military tribunals, not our civilian court system," Buchanan said in a statement. "Al-Qaida is waging a war against America. Why would we want to treat an al-Qaida terrorist like an ordinary criminal?"

At a news conference at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Buchanan, R-Sarasota, said the Christmas Day attempted bombing of an airliner near Detroit and the controversy over whether the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks should be tried in New York City highlight the difficulty in relying on the civilian justice system to prosecute suspected terrorists.

Rooney, R-Tequesta, a former Army lawyer whose district includes Charlotte County, has lent his support by co-sponsoring Buchanan's "Military Tribunals for Terrorists Act."

"As a former Army JAG officers, I fully believe the military tribunal system is a better venure to provide due process yet still provide protection the American people expect," Rooney said in Buchanan's statement. "This bill will go a long way to making our country a safer place."

Read the bill, here.

1 comment:

  1. the MCA act of 2006 also knows as the HR-6166 was an act. Was an act of congress, sighned into law my then President Bush.The acts purpose was to authorize trials by military commisions.Now we have the current admistration wanting to have trials for the master minds of 911 in civilian courts.The cost alone for thease trials for security purposes only can run into 200 million dollars a year.Excuse me, but as a tax payer i,m not o.k with that.When it would cost a grand total of 36 dollars a day for a military commision.Not to mention the BIG TARGET on the city that holds thease trials.We are after all in a war with terrorists that want to destroy us.Now you have Pres Oboma and members of his administration saying that over 300 terror trials took place under the Busg administration in civilian courts ,yet no one can name thease 300 trials. and in doing my own research could not fins thease so called 300 trials.COULD IT BE? DARE I SAY? A BIG FAT LIE!!!!!!! On the part of the oboma administration that thease 300 trials ever took place. there are to many reasons not to give thease terrorists civilian trials. lets send it to military commisions, get justice for the american people, and call it a day.