Today, U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) announced he will cosponsor The Military Detainee Procedures Improvement Act of 2011. Brown, together with Senators McCain, Graham, Lieberman, Chambliss and Ayotte, introduced the measure designed to reaffirm the president's Constitutional authority to detain and prosecute terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.
"Terrorists should be detained at Guantanamo Bay, and tried according to the laws of military justice. Terrorists should not be allowed to enjoy the rights and privileges protected by the U.S. Constitution. These are not common street criminals, they are terrorists who have one stated purpose: to kill Americans and our allies," Brown said.
As recently evidenced in the Ahmed Ghailani case, Brown believes that civilian courts are ill-equipped to handle international terrorist cases. "I disagree with President Obama's position to try terrorists in civilian courts. I strongly urge him to reconsider this misguided position. This bill will make it tougher to bring terrorists to the United States. The facts speak for themselves. Out of nearly 300 charges against Ghailani, he was only convicted on a single charge."
This measure also requires the Secretary of Defense to scrutinize the transfer of detainees to other countries, where they often return to terrorist organizations.
"We can't defeat terrorism by detention alone, but we can and should find practical solutions by relying on our allies, the laws of war, and the president's Constitutional authority," Brown said.
Brown, a Lieutenant Colonel and 31 year member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, having previously served for years as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps, will be traveling to Guantanamo Bay for a briefing on the detainee facilities later this month.