LV Congressman Charlie Dent, as a member of the Homeland Security Committee, has demanded common-sense use of military tribunals for foreign terror suspects at Gitmo’s facilities, which were designed for that very purpose. In anews release on this subject, Dent poses the following questions:
1. Does John Callahan support closing Gitmo? If so, how?
2. Does John Callahan believe American soldiers should be reading Miranda rights to terrorists they capture on the battlefield?
3. Does Callahan believe American soldiers should face criminal charges for violating the civil rights of terrorists?
4. Is Callahan willing to require our military soldiers to gather forensic evidence on the battlefield for a prosecution in a civilian American court?
5. Does John Callahan honestly believe that foreign terrorists should be imprisoned and tried on American soil?
“These are not academic questions,” Dent said. “Consider that a location in Western Pennsylvania was put forward as alternative site to New York City for the Khalid Mohammed trial. This is an important issue that hits home.
“Instead of listening to a plan that even the Obama Administration is quietly abandoning, here’s who John Callahan should listen to – the families of these terrorists’ victims, some of whom live right in our own community. He should get the thoughts of the men and women in uniform who captured these individuals and who right now are fighting for our national security in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere. And he should heed the opinions of leaders from both parties who know the cost and security risk of terrorist trials in our own backyard.”