February 2nd, 2010
02:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Senators push legislation to pull funding for civilian 9/11 trial

Washington (CNN) - Several senators announced legislation Tuesday that would cut off funding for the federal trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accused accomplices, saying the five should be tried in a military court.

"We believe we're at war," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, who stood with a number of senators that included Democrats and Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent.

"The law enforcement model being used by the Obama administration should be rejected," Graham said. "We're not fighting a crime, we're fighting a war."

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Filed under: 9/11 • Joe Lieberman • Lindsey Graham
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  1. People's Voice

    Where, oh where were these complaints when Bush and the Repugs were doing the same thing?

    Their hypocrisy is overwhelming.

    They have said no to everything, and I mean everything this president has tried to do. They are a bunch of sick puppies. Get them out of office.

    February 2, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Jane/Seattle

    These folks don't believe in anyone having human rights or even the right to life! They'd like to just bypass any system of laws, moving straight to torture and execution! Brand your personally defined "enemies" as "terrorists"! These folks think they are fooling us, don't they?

    No to abortion so they can send them off to war later to die!

    Kill all "terrorists" so we can stay in wars forever Amen!

    Fund anything having to do with this silly "War On Terror" as children struggle to eat, have a home, and rise above the poor circumstances they are forced to endure!

    Don't forget to show your "Patriotism" by Mouthing Platitudes about Our Troops as you continue to Pay out Millions and Billions for the Friends of Capitalists, Xe formerly Blackwater and Mr. "republican" Prince!

    Continue vetting the textbooks in Texas for maximum revisionist history and indoctrination to American ethno-centricity and "hate-filled" belief systems!

    Oh, and by the way, Never pay Americans decently so they COULD afford the Health Care that your major donors don't want to provide!

    You are disgusting in this bigotry and hate! CNN: Please Stop Giving these folks so much press! This guy belongs on Meet The Press!

    February 2, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. MGLoraine

    If the Senators cut off the funding for the constitutionally established American justice system to try the alleged criminals, then the necessary funding should be deducted from their personal pay. Terrorism is a crime perpetrated by individuals or groups of individuals. International war is a conflict between nation-states, and civil war is between groups contending internally for control of a nation-state. No matter how much the Senators hate al Qaeda, it is not a nation-state, or an American political faction. It is a criminal gang, its operatives are criminal gangsters, and its action, no matter how heinous, do not constitute a war. The 9/11 attack was a criminal act of huge proportions, and its perpetrators criminals, NOT soldiers in a war.

    February 2, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    I seldom agree with Lindsey Graham, but he and the other Senators are right. Treating 9/11 terrorist as liquor store robbers is totally insane. Gitmo is the perfect place for the trial by military tribunals. Holder can satisfy his far left buddies and the ACLU some other way. America must come first.

    February 2, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. anotherGDlefty

    So now they are working on legislation that says NO ?

    Do these guys need something else to work on besides crippling every single damn thing put in front of them ?

    NO, NO, NO, NO is not a good plan, good policy or good direction.

    February 2, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. donttreadonme

    Obama and his lawyer friends have no problem that 200,000 million in tax payer money will be spent to have a trial for this foreign enemy combatant and murderer of 4k US citizens. It is all about the lawyers with this administration. After they obtained the needed information from this joker his life should have ended with a $1.

    February 2, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Give Lindsey Graham a gun, a bullet, a plane ticket to Gitmo (first class, of course) and let him do what he believes the President SHOULD do...
    Why were these guys satisfied to let these prisoners ROT without a trial under the last administration, and why are they trying to force President Obama's hand?

    February 2, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    Its called separation of Powers boys. If a criminal action has taken place its for the courts, not for personnal vengence. Perhaps if they had addressed it from the get go for what it was, a crimminal act, we would not today have our forces chasing ghosts across half the world.

    To me such action should be considered Congressional interferance in a matter before the courts.

    February 2, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. annie s

    Oh for goodness sakes. here we go again – fear, fear, fear. Terrorists have successfully been tried in civilian trials (even under the Bush administration) and are housed in civilian jails. You declare WAR against countries, not ideologies. These people are heinous criminals and should be treated as such.

    February 2, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Ed

    Anything Joe Lieberman supports, I oppose.

    While it may be true that Graham is at war (with somebody?), I'm not. The GOP should be re-branded with a new motto, "Forever War Party."

    February 2, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Kerzell

    How does the GOP justify going against Reagan? We always hear how Reagan was their hero. Well it was Reagan in 1987 who said we would not treat them a terrorists as that's the recognition they want. We were to treat them as criminals. Now the GOP states we are given them better treatment by trying them here instead of a in a military commission.

    I bet he's rolling over in his grave!!!

    February 2, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Jerry

    Scott Brown said it best in his victory speech " Our tax dollars should be used to fund weapons to kill terrorists, Not provide lawyers for them"

    February 2, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Lori in St Pete

    Actually, RNC = DNC = politics as usual, we aren't at war because it takes an act of Congress to declare war, and in the 8+ years since Sept 11, that hasn't happened.

    February 2, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Hugo

    Death by chi-chi after a fair trial in a civilian court with Federally appointed attorneys and volumes of discovery documents and security at the cost of millions of dollars to what is left of the American taxpayers, hey it's only other people's money, right?! Obama and his crew of mischievous misfits had better hurry up and close Gitmo before they all end up staying there themselves for the high crimes and treason they commit daily against our economy....

    February 2, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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