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LeMieux: 9/11 Trials in NYC Dangerous

Wednesday, 02 Dec 2009 06:26 PM

By Dan Weil

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Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., is highly critical of the Obama administration’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 terrorists in civilian court.

“I’m outraged,” he told Newsmax.TV. “It makes absolutely no sense. We should know better. We have used military tribunals to try enemy combatants since the time of George Washington. … It works, and it’s what is right.”

The problem with a civilian trial is that defendants are entitled to information in discovery – information that could hurt the United States.

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“We know from the 1993 bombings of the World Trade Center, when we did those trials, and important information about how we track terrorists got back to the terrorists,” LeMieux said.

“That might have put us in jeopardy for 9/11.”

The civilian trial will simply create an international reality show for the terrorists to spout their propaganda, LeMieux said.

He was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to fill out the term of Republican Mel Martinez, who retired in August. LeMieux is keeping the seat warm for Crist’s Senate bid next year.

On the subject of healthcare, LeMieux said reform is necessary, but not along the lines proposed by Democrats.

“We need healthcare reform: we have got 40 some million Americans without health insurance. Healthcare costs have gone up 130 percent in 10 years,” he said.

“But we don’t need bigger government, we don’t need more taxes, we don’t need cuts to Medicare.”

Instead of a socialistic healthcare system, Congress should be concentrating on creating more jobs, LeMieux says.

“We could be trying to return money to small businesses to let them hire new people instead of putting new burdens on them like this healthcare bill, which may actually result in losing jobs.… What we should be focused on is jobs and jobs and jobs.”

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