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Brennan Criticizes Effort to Block Civilian Trials for Detainees

According to reports, President Obama’s top counterterrorism advisor John Brennan has offered a forceful defense of the plan to close Guantanamo and try detainees in civilian courts while speaking at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice on Friday.

Politico reports that Brennan criticized Congressional efforts to block civilian trials, saying “‘[t]o argue that [commissions] are the only solution, or that we should place limitations on other tools and capabilities, is a misunderstanding’ of the threat." ProPublica reports that Brennan called the efforts by Congress an “unprecedented encroachment” on Obama’s executive authority and that any “terrorists captured in the United States would be prosecuted exclusively through the criminal justice system.”

For the full text of the Politico and ProPublica articles, click below:

John Brennan Defends Civilian Trials for Terrorists (Politico)
Obama Counterterrorism Adviser Slams Congressional Efforts to Block Guantanamo’s Closure (ProPublica)

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