Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the Justice Department announced it would be turning the case over to the Defense Department to hold a military commission for the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four co-conspirators.
"When the Obama administration announced it would be holding civilian trials for the 9/11 terrorists, the decision was met with great resistance from the American people and from members of Congress, including myself. Families of the victims of that terrible day in 2001 were outraged, and people from across the country stood firm in opposition to this policy. Now, two years later, this administration has reversed its policy and will be trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators in a military commission. The United States has a long history of successfully utilizing military tribunals dating back to the American Revolution, and it's why Congress set up the military commission process. Instead of taking this opportunity to blame Congress for preventing the 9/11 terrorists from having civilian trials, the administration should assure Americans that it will keep all terrorists off U.S. soil and utilize the military commission process in Guantanamo Bay to its full extent."