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Tell Senators Leahy and Sessions not to Derail Justice for 9/11 Defendants!

Attorney General Eric Holder announced this fall that suspected 9/11 terrorists would face justice in civilian courts. A wave of criticism – and fearmongering – has jeopardized his efforts since then.

Holder will face the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing that may get heated. Senators sitting on the committee need to know that the public supports his plans to use our courts to bring the 9/11 defendants to justice.

Ask the Chairman and Ranking Member to support his plans to use our courts.

In testimony before a House Subcommittee last month, Holder urged Americans to look to facts, not fear. Let’s make sure the committee members know that you agree with him.

Dear Senators Leahy and Sessions,

This fall Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the suspected 9/11 terrorists would face justice in civilian courts. Although our courts have an excellent record of successfully handling complex terrorism cases, this decision provoked a wave of unwarranted criticism and fearmongering.

I am writing to ask you to support the Attorney General’s decision in the upcoming hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

Civilian courts have had a better track record than military commissions in trying terrorism cases. As you know, our civilian courts have achieved 195 convictions since 9/11 in cases where suspects had ties to al Qaeda or its allies. In the same time period, military commissions have only convicted three defendants. And two of those convicted have already been released.

The Attorney General rightly said in recent testimony before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies that we must rely on facts, not fear, in deciding how to bring terrorism suspects to justice. I agree.

Please stand strong against the fearmongering, stay the course to close Guantanamo and see justice served.

Guantánamo has been a stain on America’s reputation. It has undermined our values, undercut our counterterrorism efforts and squandered an opportunity to demonstrate the strength of the American justice system.

Please support Mr. Holder’s plan to use our civilian courts to bring the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks to justice. Thank you.
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