Omaha Public Radio News
Fri February 5, 2010
Sen. Johanns wants accused terror suspects tried in military courts
By Katie Knapp Schubert
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says accused 9/11 terror suspects should be tried in military courts, not in U.S. civilian courts.
During his weekly conference call with reporters, Senator Johanns criticized plans to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terror suspects in civilian court in New York City. Johanns is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban Department of Justice funds from being used to pay for those trials. He says military courts are a more appropriate venue.
Johanns says lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are concerned about trying accused terrorists in U.S. courts. A letter from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein called the trials a national security risk.