Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) released the following statement in response to the Administration’s decision to resume military commission trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees:
“When the Administration announced its plans to halt military commissions, prosecutors were likely six months away from securing guilty verdicts against the conspirators responsible for the worst terrorist attack to ever hit the United States. With its decision, the Administration effectively discarded over two years of legal work, strategy, and expertise from one of the finest prosecutorial teams in exchange for two years of indecision. Now, two years later, the Administration has reversed course and continues to fail to offer any roadmap for the prosecution of the 9/11 conspirators. The Administration's failure to prosecute Guantanamo detainees has a huge price tag for Americans. Not only have we lost four years of legal work, but the Administration has delayed delivery of justice for the families of those lost on 9/11.”
Last year, Congressman Forbes offered an amendment to the annual defense bill that would prevent terrorists at Guantanamo Bay from being transferred to the United States. A provision mirroring that amendment was included in the annual defense bill that was signed into law by the President.