Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement regarding his co-sponsorship of legislation addressing federal terrorist prosecution and detention policies:
"As we approach the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, we must remember that the threats we face have no borders, and we must remain vigilant. Our legislation addresses issues raised by President Obama's recent Executive Order on detainee policy and is an important first step toward making intelligence collection a top priority.
"I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee and friends on both sides of the aisle to ensure that the detainee policy authorized by Congress has bipartisan support and can stand up to judicial scrutiny."
The comprehensive legislation, to be introduced by Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard McKeon (R-CA), among other things, affirms the use of military force against al-Qaeda, the Taliban and affiliated terror networks; provides that individuals eligible for detention under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) must be held in military custody unless the Secretary of Defense certifies that a waiver is necessary in the interests of national security; creates restrictions making it tougher for detainees to return to the battlefield subsequent to their release; and permanently blocks funding for the creation or renovation of any facility in the continental United States to house detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay.