Friday, November 20, 2009

Congressman Pence Urges President to Overturn "Wrongheaded Decision!"

U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, Chris Dickson, Dr. Tom Ringenberg, Congressman Mike Pence

MIKE PENCE
RECLAIMING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
AND

THE AMERICAN DREAM

For Immediate Release | Contact: Matt Lloyd matt.lloyd@mail.house.gov>  or
Mary Vought mary.vought@mail.house.gov> - 202-226-9000

Pence Urges President to Overturn “Wrongheaded Decision” Regarding Gitmo Detainees
“Trying terrorists like ordinary criminals puts international public relations
ahead of public safety and makes a mockery of American justice.‪”

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican
Conference, issued the following statement today urging the Obama Administration to
overturn its decision to transfer several Guantanamo Bay detainees to New York City
for trial, and in support of the efforts by Congressman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI),
Ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, who
filed a discharge petition on H.R. 2294, the “Keep Terrorists Out of America
Act”:

“Trying terrorists like ordinary criminals puts international public relations
ahead of public safety and makes a mockery of American justice.‪ This
administration's decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his cohorts, in our
civilian criminal courts is the most naïve and dangerous decision I have ever
witnessed the United States government make‪. We should not be granting terrorists
their wish to be tried at the scene of the worst enemy attack in American
history‪.

“The Obama administration must overturn this wrongheaded decision and try these
enemy combatants in a military tribunal where they belong.

“House Republicans are committed to protecting Constitutional rights for American
citizens and not terrorists. I strongly support the effort to bring the ‘Keep
Terrorists Out of America Act’ before Congress without further delay. I call on
Speaker Pelosi, and the Democrat leadership, to allow this bill to come to the House
floor for a vote.”

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