Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to introduce a bipartisan bill Tuesday to block funding for civilian trials of five alleged plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks who are now being held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Graham, a South Carolina Republican and a military lawyer, said that eight other GOP senators had signed onto his legislation, along with Democrats Jim Webb of Virginia and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
“I have great respect for our civilian legal system,” Graham told McClatchy on Monday. “However, I believe that the 9/11 co-conspirators should be tried under the law of armed conflict in a military tribunal setting. We are at war with al Qaida, and civilian courts have never been used in the past to try war criminals.”
Graham said he’d had recent talks with senior Obama administration officials about where to try the alleged Sept. 11 plotters, but he declined to elaborate. White House aides declined to comment.
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