By Javier Manjarres
Three Republican members of Florida’s congressional delegation- Allen West, David Rivera and Tom Rooney will be offering up their own amendments to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rooney, a former military prosecutor in the Army JAG Corps is proposing an amendment which will require detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay to be tried by military commissions in courtrooms on the premises.
“Military tribunals are a better option to try terrorist detainees than Article III (federal) courts, because they provide due process while protecting critical, often confidential, intelligence officials and evidence. The constitutional and legal standards for evidence-gathering and prosecution in a civilian case just aren’t adequate for trying enemy combatants in a time of war.
“I could not disagree more strongly with those who say foreign terrorists caught on the battlefield should receive the same rights and privileges as American citizens. As a former military prosecutor, I strongly believe that trying detainees in military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay is the best way to hold terrorists accountable, keep them off American soil, and prevent them from rejoining the fight.”- Congressman Tom Rooney
During an interview with Congressman Allen West in his Washington D.C. office, West explained the purpose of the NDAA but warned that the U.S. Military was being “taken in the wrong direction.” West also stated that the U.S. has a “horrible diminished influence” in the international community due to the violation of the War Powers Act by President Obama when he authorized military action in Libya.
West agrees that Obama and his foreign policy “can be threatening to the future stability and security of the United States of America.”
Watch Congressman West’s interview here-
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