McConnell Asks for New Trial Site

Jul 6, 2011

Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell is asking the U.S Attorney General to reconsider his decision to try terror suspects in a Bowling Green courtroom. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator McConnell writes the decision to try Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohaned Shareef Hammadi in civilian court was “ill-advised." 

He again presses the justice department head to try the suspects as foreign enemy combatants at the Guantanamo Bay military prison. The Iraqi nationals, living in Bowling Green at the time of their arrest, are charged with attacking American troops overseas and attempting to send weapons and money to al-qaeda operatives in Iraq.   Mcconnell goes on to say that trying the men in his home state is widely opposed by Kentuckians and their elected leaders.  The attorney general has said civilian courts are “our most effective terror-fighting weapon,” such decisions should be made by prosecutors, not politicians.