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Rick Olek, Published December 13 2009

Critic of senator hasn’t got a clue

I am writing in response to Chris Vinton’s intentionally misleading letter, “Conrad no longer deserves his job,” which goes out of its way to distort the truth about our senator.

To suggest that Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., would encourage people to leave the country because they “don’t want an enemy combatant, captured on a battlefield in a faraway land, tried here in civilian court” is completely inaccurate. Conrad never said that, and his position on the 9/11 trials is clear: Suspected terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal.

As a Vietnam veteran, I trust Conrad and his 23-year track record of serving and voting in lock step with North Dakota’s interests.

Anyone claiming otherwise hasn’t the foggiest clue what they are talking about.