Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, November 18, 2009   [open pdf - 11MB]

From the opening statement of Patrick J. Leahy: "Attorney General Holder, welcome. Glad to have you here. I commend the Attorney General for moving forward last week with plans to proceed on several cases against those who seek to terrorize the United States. He is using the full range of authorities and capabilities available to us. Just as President Obama is using our military, diplomatic, legal, law enforcement, and moral force to make America safer and more secure, the Attorney General is exercising his responsibilities in consultation with the Secretary of Defense to determine where and how best to seek justice against those who have attacked Americans here at home and around the world. And after nearly 8 years of delay, we may finally be moving forward to bring to justice the perpetrators and murderers from the September 11 attacks. I have great confidence in our Attorney General, the capability of our prosecutors, our judges, our juries, and in the American people in this regard. I support the Attorney General's decision to pursue justice against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others accused of plotting the September 11 attacks and to go after them in our Federal criminal court in New York. They committed murder here in the United States, and we will seek justice here in the United States. They committed crimes of murder in our country, and we will prosecute them in our country." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick J. Leahy, Jeff Sessions, Eric H. Holder, Tim Sumner, Joseph G. Leavey, Debra Burlingame, Russell D. Feingold, Al Franken, John F. Kerry, Benjamin L. Cardin, John B. Bellinger II, Ron Wyden, and Richard Durbin.

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S. Hrg. 111-907; Senate Hearing 111-907; Serial No. J-111-63
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