Instead of swift justice, President Obama worries that a military tribunal will offend the Muslim world. What about the effect of this needless delay on the morale of the American people. America has captured the mastermind who attacked and killed us in our homeland and here we and he sit. We have been through enough! We are tired of waiting for these admitted killers to get justice. We are tired of more pain added to the wounds of 9/11. When last month we heard that President Obama will reinstitute Military Commissions, we were encouraged momentarily, only to learn that this administration will not try the 9/11 cases. We are denied even the courtesy of an explanation ... It hurts.
Mr. Chairman, the American people do not want terrorists brought to American soil.
They do not want the “mastermind” of 9/11, who is held under the laws of war, to be afforded the same rights as robbers and car thieves. While tens of thousands of our troops fight on, the enemy they fight is protected with Miranda rights and an army of lawyers. We do not want the individuals who carried out 9/11 to have any more legal advantage than justice requires. We do not want them to continue their jihad, mocking their victims, the justice system and this country, from the well of a federal court and the attendant media circus. We do not want hundreds of millions of dollars in security costs spent, cities put under lock down, or commerce disrupted.
The 10th anniversary of 9/11 will soon be upon us. The National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville will be opening. The eyes of the world will once again be focused on ground zero.
If the trials of the men who bragged about murdering our sons and daughters have not commenced, a dark cloud will hover over that day. This must not be. The world must not see an America that lacks political will and moral courage at the place where heroes died.
Nearly 10 years ago, men and women showed courage in so many ways. They made us proud. They sacrificed. The 40 people on Flight 93 in less than one hour, their last hour of life, did the right thing. We know the result ... victory. The Capitol was spared, and in the aftermath, Congress too acted decisively. We owe it to the wonderful people we lost that day, to finally hold their murderers accountable. Mr. President, this delay is anguish. Please end it, and allow these trials to proceed immediately and without the added controversy of the attorney general’s constant disaffection from what the families and the American people have made plain that they want, and this Congress has found a way to give them.
On what was to be the last morning of their lives, under horrific circumstances, so many acted with such courage and dignity and decency.
Mr. President, we ask that you do not forsake them.
Chairman Sensenbrenner and members of the committee, thank you for listening.