Echoing a U.S. Senate floor speech on Tuesday by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Senate President David Williams (R- Burkesville) said Wednesday night that two terror suspects arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky in late May should not be detained in Kentucky, but instead sent to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Williams, the GOP nominee for governor, is asking his Democratic opponent, Governor Steve Beshear and House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) to join him in calling on the Obama administration to send the suspects to Gitmo.
“These terrorists have plotted against our soldiers and therefore deserve to be tried in a military court," Williams said in a statement, "Furthermore, Kentucky tax-payers would be responsible for the terrific financial costs associated with a trial. New York, the home of Ground Zero, was appropriately not asked to bear the cost or the danger and neither should Kentucky. The right place for these terrorists is Guantanamo.”
In his speech on Wednesday, McConnell suggested that Kentuckians feel the same way.
“I think it’s safe to say that a lot of Kentuckians, including me, would like to know why two men who either killed or plotted to kill U.S. soldiers and Marines in Iraq aren’t sitting in a jail cell in Guantanamo right now," McConnell said, "When it comes to enemy combatants, our top priority — as I have said repeatedly — should be to capture, detain, and interrogate. That wasn’t done here."