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KY Senator McConnell wants military trial for Iraqi terror suspects

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 6, 2011

McConnell is weighing in so as to keep this trial out of his home state of Kentucky.  Last night Bowling Green town leaders were to vote on whether they wanted the trial or not.

However, the more I think about this, I believe the public has a right to know how these Iraqis came to be living in small town America through the refugee program.  If they are shuffled off to Guantanamo Bay, you will never hear another word about them.

I don’t know how they will get a jury of their peers though—put a bunch of fellow Iraqi refugees on the jury?  Come to think of it, let’s televise it too, just like the Casey Anthony trial and maybe the public would get a better understanding of the flaws in our LEGAL immigration programs.

From the Bowling Green Daily News:

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office said today the Senate minority leader plans to send a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking Holder to reconsider his decision to hold civilian trials for two Iraqi refugees arrested on terrorism charges in Bowling Green in May.

Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, were arrested May 25 in Bowling Green. A federal grand jury returned a 23-count indictment against the men May 26. Both mean entered the country legally as Iraqi refugees, receiving publicly funded housing assistance and health care.

“In the War on Terror, our government must place a higher priority on gathering intelligence and removing foreign fighters from the battlefield than on bringing a civilian prosecution,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in a copy of the letter provided to the Daily News. “By doing so, we can maintain pressure on the higher echelons of Al Qaeda and its affiliates.”

McConnell also commended law enforcement for their work on the case.

“But our priority with enemy combatants like these should be to capture, interrogate, and detain them – indefinitely, if need be,” McConnell said in the letter. “If, after these priorities are achieved, we determine they should be tried for violating the laws of war, we should use our military commission system to do so. Our civilian criminal justice system simply is not intended for the purposes.”

McConnell requested that Holder provide information related to the decision to hold the trial in Bowling Green.

About ten days ago we reported that Kentucky’s other Senator, Rand Paul, has called for a hearing on July 13th in Washington, here.

Senator McConnell —no help with refugee problem in the past!

I have no proof, but I’ll bet Senator McConnell has helped for years to promote refugee resettlement in Kentucky to supply big meat companies with cheap labor.   In 2009, a very frustrated Kentucky woman, concerned about the terrible living conditions of Burmese refugees in Bowling Green attempted to get McConnell’s attention on their plight and got no where.   See one of many posts we did on the alleged abuse of refugees in Bowling Green.

2 Responses to “KY Senator McConnell wants military trial for Iraqi terror suspects”

  1. […] Gary posted this comment on my earlier post today on the issue of where the Iraqi refugee terror trial should be held—Gary, like me! thinks it […]


  2. Gary Henderson said

    I totally agree that the trial should be held in Kentucky, in full view of America, and the daily fringe revelations about the insanity of the refugee and asylum seeker scam that is being dumped on our country through the machinations of George Soros, the State Department and the United Nations should be shown on every flat screen in this country. These Iraqis should be tried and, if guilty, convicted and sentenced to many years in prison. Not deported to Iraq and left free to stab us in the back again.

    This is our damn country, American Citizens first, and those legally here second. Their rights should be preserved and upheld. When the legal immigration package, including refugee and asylum seekers, gets so cumbersome that it is impossible to control and safety concerns are thrown out the window because we simply don’t have the enforcement infrastructure to cope with the criminal elements trying to dupe and defraud us then it is time to declare a moratorium and take a long hard look at what we are doing to the USA.

    We provide several hundred billion dollars annually to the Legal/Illegal Immigration Industry, (approximately one trillion dollars every two years), and cannot afford to continue to ignore down and out Americans whose basic needs go begging while we give special treatment to those who do not belong here). It is not inconsistent with compassion for the world to provide for one’s own family first, so as to be in financial position to consider helping others. The USA has given more to the world than all other countries combined, and our immigration policy accepts more immigrants than all other countries. But we cannot continue to ignore our own people.

    The Somali situation is a perfect example of immigration failure, and we have for some reason allowed more than 100,000 into our country from this lawless, violent, backward country that is dominated by one of the most cruel and fraud prone Muslim “societies” in the world. And that “society” has major control over the input necessary to pinpoint “qualified” refugees and asylum seekers.

    I work with law enforcement agencies, including the US Border Patrol, in the Rio Grande Valley area of the Texas/Mexican border. The porous southern border is being crossed daily by many, many illegals from Somalia, Iraq, India, Sri Lanka, Africa and more than 75 countries from around the globe. Much of the invasion is encouraged and financed by ethnic groups already legally and illegally in the United States, and the feeble attempts by the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security offer scant protection for American citizens.



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