Washington D.C. – Today, the Department of Justice announced that it will try alleged Al-Qaeda operative, Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, also known as “Spin Ghul,” with conspiracy to murder American military personnel in Afghanistan, and other related charges, in New York’s Eastern District Federal Court.

In response to today’s announcement, Smith said, “I am pleased to see that the Administration continues to use one our most effective tools to bring terrorists to justice – the federal court system. While some claim we should shy away from using a court system that has been a model for the world for more than 200 years, I believe – and the Administration has demonstrated that it believes  - that we should embrace it.  We should not fear our Constitution – terrorists should.

“The Obama Administration has effectively utilized the federal court system as a powerful tool in trying and prosecuting suspected terrorist. For example, last year, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, also known as the “Underwear Bomber” received a life sentence in a federal courtroom. The Blind Sheikh, Afia Siddiqui, and many others have received similar sentences. In fact, Federal courts have a long proven track record of success: Over 400 defendants charged with crimes related to international terrorism have been successfully convicted in the United States since 9/11.”

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2/2/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Afghanistan Hearing
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1/22/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Terror Attacks in Burkina Faso and Somalia
1/14/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Nomination of General Joseph Votel
1/7/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement at Hearing Discussing Acquisition Reform
1/6/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on North Korea
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12/10/15 Ranking Member Smith and Ranking Member Speier Statement on Release of Oversight and Investigations Report
12/1/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement at Hearing Examining U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq
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11/25/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement on President Signing 2016 National Defense Authorization Act
11/25/15 Chairman Thornberry and Ranking Member Smith Statement on Kunduz Investigation
11/23/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Mali
11/18/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Syrian Refugee Bill Offered by Chairman McCaul
11/18/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement for Hearing on Iraq and Syria
11/17/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on OPM/DHS/OMB Decision Not To Testify Before HASC
11/13/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Paris
11/5/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Passage of NDAA
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10/30/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on President’s Announcement of Special Operations Deployment in Syria
10/27/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement at Hearing Examining Shortening the Defense Acquisition Cycle
10/22/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement on NDAA Veto
10/21/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement for DOD Security Cooperation Hearing
10/16/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on the President’s Announcement Regarding Troop Levels in Afghanistan
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9/30/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on Pending Defense Bill Veto
9/30/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on McCarthy’s Benghazi Comments
9/29/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on NDAA Conference Report
9/29/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement for Cyber Hearing
9/1/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Supports Iran Deal