Military tribunal for suspected 9/11 terrorists underway
Rep. Peter King weighs in
- Duration 4:49
- Date May 6, 2012
Rep. Peter King weighs in
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There have been years of stops and starts the suspected 9/11 terrorists though today are facing a judge there are five of them.
Including self proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohamed and his four co defendants.
There were passing notes in the courtroom according to our Catherine Herridge -- there are.
Now there before military tribunal at gitmo in the proceedings more than three years after a former failed effort.
To try these men in federal court in Manhattan.
Which is what the attorney general Eric Holder and the president wanted but is this military tribunal system.
Up to the task of bringing these men to justice especially for the families who lost loved ones.
The chairman of the house homeland security committee New York congressman Peter King knows those families well congressman welcome thanks for coming -- today -- to be -- thank you we hear right now Khalid Sheikh Mohamed was willing to plead guilty.
And except death.
Now we're starting from square one why.
Because -- Obama basically stop the tribunals in January February are very 2009.
-- was also to go.
He's gonna plead guilty you would have been executed for President Obama stepped in try to revamp the system not now we're back to -- -- or three years ago.
And the fairways and how to go forward to languish in torment finally finally we're gonna see justice.
So you're confident about that however some of the evidence that was obtained by interrogation techniques.
Congress has changed the rules the president has made clear his feelings on that.
Will so much of this evidence be squashed.
That they won't be able to get the trial that the families want and Khalid Sheikh -- already claiming he can't get a fair trial.
-- not against these five because almost all the evidence they have is before he even got to get well this is battlefield evidence this is.
The missions they made themselves and -- -- a supply is only Jimmer a Miranda warning on the battlefield no I'm confident there's more than enough evidence that that is admissible.
I think these trials -- more than entitlement quite frankly they -- -- -- at the trial.
The evidence is gonna get -- and also -- of a jury of military experts here.
And that and much more cable I believed to sort out intelligence reports and analyses than the average tourists -- I think.
For this type of case this is the absolutely perfect -- tribunal.
And jury and judge.
I asked to national security experts and -- interviewed her on Fox News Channel this week this question tell me what you think.
Do we still derived valuable intelligence from those who are held at Guantanamo Bay.
If these suspected terrorists are -- -- -- and not here to provide us with any answers have we lost some.
Thing I think we've gotten or we can out of these and quite frankly most of the and so -- getting is from really the -- Obama days.
It's hard to carry out the -- interrogations by the -- really meaningful.
Right now so we start getting some -- most of the until we got from.
These type characters was before the Obama administration and that that intelligence are helping us as we saw last yeah.
When they got bin Laden because that evidence and logic amount of at -- -- -- Genesis -- it started with interrogations and get -- Just this week we had a suspected.
Bomb plot trial here in New York.
Not at Guantanamo Bay.
Which system is better for not only rooting out the terrorists but also sending a clear message in the war on terror.
That if you try something like this you will pay the price.
Yeah I would say that the trial on the spot on the subway -- of the -- -- where Obama that was appropriately civilian court was carried out here attempt to be carried out.
Here the United States and made sense to do it.
Who would talk about Khalid Sheikh Mohamed known that would carry -- on the battlefield evidence isn't available -- candidacy -- -- in the battlefield.
You have to have -- to adjust and adapt to a military court can do that much more -- -- civilian court.
Last point about the families that was a lottery.
Some got to go and look Khalid Sheikh Mohamed and the others in the -- they lost loved ones they're still languished all these years later some are at military bases today.
And across the northeast and elsewhere watching this how painful.
To they tell you -- is how important do they tell you it is it's.
Both important but also brutal at the same time there's -- brings back all the memories of that that time.
In some ways they -- when you're over the armies but they are I have to realize they can't so they want to end this right seeing justice and justice in this case three to death penalty.
But -- -- Mohammed and the others are we gonna win the war on terror.
We are winning it we have to keep going and so long way from over -- the president said it began Afghanistan's run and in Afghanistan it's not.
This threat is morphing image exercising all over the world we have to fight it everywhere including right here in the United States are promise -- -- well.
You gotta get the promise thank you congressman and everything always privileged to have you -- are.