WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and the alleged co-conspirators charged with planning the September 11 attacks will be tried in a military commission, instead of civilian trials on U.S. soil:
“Bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators here for civilian trials would have put American lives at risk, demonstrating little had been learned from that horrific day nearly 10 years ago.
“The attacks of September 11th were an act of war, and the Administration needs to unconditionally abandon its irresponsible, pre-9/11 approach to terror.
“It is shocking that it took nearly a year and a half of bipartisan opposition and the outcry of the American people to sway the Administration to reverse course, but I’m glad the President and Attorney General have changed their minds.”