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Graham doubts civilian trials for 9/11 suspects

Nov 28, 2010 2:19:00 PM - thestate.com
The Justice Department probably will never receive congressional approval to put the alleged Sept. 11 conspirators on trial in a civilian court, a key senator on the issue of terrorism trials said Sunday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believes he has the votes in the Senate to block alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed from a civilian court.

Graham says the Sept. 11 suspect known as "KSM" and his alleged conspirators should be tried in military court at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Civilian courts may be the right venue for some terrorism cases, Graham said, such as low-level al-Qaida operatives and the accused Christmas airliner bomber.

"I believe in all-of-the-above approach to terrorism trials," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday."

"I think it is a big mistake to criminalize the war, to take someone you've held under the law of war as an enemy combatant for six or seven years, then put them in civilian court. It is a disaster waiting to happen," he said.

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