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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the latest developments in the military commissions in Guantanamo:

            “This week’s decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out years of proceedings in the al-Nashiri trial is the latest sign that the military commission process has failed.

            “As I’ve said in the past, these terrorists should be tried in U.S. federal courts, which have a track record of successful prosecutions.

            “A number of terrorists have been sentenced to life in prison in civilian courts including Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, Omar Abdel Rahman, Zacarias Moussaoui and Richard Reid. Contrast that to military commissions that have seen fewer successful prosecutions and handed down lighter sentences.

            “We’ve seen little or no progress on many military commission cases. The 9/11 victims and their families deserve justice, and military commissions aren’t moving us in that direction.”

            “Our criminal justice system is the better, more-reliable way to handle these prosecutions and demonstrates that we don’t have to give up our constitutional principles to secure justice.”