Webb, Lieberman; Dems Criticize Terror Trials to be Held in New York

By Gorman Gorman

Nov 13, 2009 2:28pm

ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports:

While the mayor and the two Democratic senators from New York are on-board with the Justice Department on the administration’s decision to try KSM and others in federal courts, there is some growing pushback among conservative Democrats.

"It will be disruptive, costly, and potentially counterproductive to try them as criminals in our civilian courts," said Democrat Jim Webb of Virginia in a paper statement.

Independent Joe Lieberman, nominally a Democrat, calls the move "inconceivable."

Webb has long spoken out against trying detainees in civilian courts. The Virginia city of Alexandria – the so-called"rocket docket" where Zacarias Moussaoui and John Walker Lindh were tried – was another possible venue for the trial of GTMO detainees.

And Webb argues the trials could set a dangerous precedent.

"…we must be especially careful with any decisions to bring onto American soil any of those prisoners who remain a threat to our country but whose cases have been adjudged as inappropriate for trial at all.  They do not belong in our country, they do not belong in our courts, and they do not belong in our prisons," Webb said.

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