John Loughlin on the Civil Trial of Terrorists
Candidate for the First Congressional District John Loughlin appeared Sunday on NBC 10’s 10 News Conference with Jim Taricani and Bill Rappley. Below is the discussion between Loughlin and Taricani on the decision by the Obama Administration to try five terrorists in a United States federal court.
Illegal immigration was the topic of another interesting moment. Starting at minute 7:00, Bill Rappleye, as devils advocate, makes a case against e-verify by relaying assertions on the part of hospitality and tourist businesses in Newport that they would cease operation were they deprived of illegal (i.e., cheap) labor. Loughlin, a proponent of e-verify, cannot seem to muster any sympathy for business plans built upon “false economics” and the breaking of the law.
Taricani: There is a trial that is going to take place. The decision was made by the Obama administration, or the Justice Department, for the five terrorists, one who claims to be the mastermind for 911, that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Do you think that trial should be held in New York?
Loughlin: Well, I think that that should be a military tribunal and for a variety of reasons. First of all, a lot of the evidence that will be exposed during the discovery process of this trial, which is constitutionally safe-guarded, is going to be made public and …
Taricani: Don’t you think that, regardless of how you feel about the Justice Department, they know all that? And you don’t think that they’ve had a phone call or two with the CIA and the FBI about this?
Loughlin: But during the discovery process in an actual trial, that information …
Taricani: Yes, but don’t you think they’ve considered all this?
Loughlin: Well, apparently they haven’t.
Taricani: Are you kidding me? You really think that they haven’t considered this? The Attorney General of the United States of America …
Loughlin: If they have considered it, they’ve come to the wrong conclusion. The correct way to try KSM, I think, is with a military tribunal.
Taricani: What about the statement that Senator Jack Reed from this state made? When he was interviewed about this, he said this sends a strong message to the rest of the world that this is America. When people are charged with a crime in America, they get a shot in a courtroom.
Loughlin: And it basically says, do you believe that an act of war committed against the United States America is a crime or is it an act of war? I think clearly in this case, it’s an act of war. And if you look, the Obama Administration actually tried the folks involved in the bombing of the Cole in a military tribunal because they said it was a military target. Well, last time I checked, the Pentagon was a military target as well and I believe this belongs in a military tribunal.