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Military Tribunals for Terrorists Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

(Mr. BUCHANAN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. BUCHANAN. Madam Speaker, I recently introduced legislation that ensures that foreign terrorists are tried in military courts instead of civilian courts like common criminals. Attorney General Holder originally wanted some terrorists, including the mastermind of 9/11, to be tried in a New York City courtroom. This proposal was soundly rejected on a bipartisan basis. My bill solves this problem.

The Military Tribunals for Terrorists Act requires terrorists to be prosecuted and sentenced before military courts. This is the appropriate judicial review for terrorists who kill innocent men, women, and children. Classified intelligence may be made public if terrorists are given access to trial in public courtrooms.

I urge all my colleagues to cosponsor this important legislation.

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