The American public does not need to be concerned that bringing terrorists to the U.S. for trial will allow them a public platform to preach messages of intolerance, said Attorney General Eric Holder in prepared testimony for Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Holder recently announced the Department of Justice’s decision to bring five terrorist suspects, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), the self-described mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, to the U.S. for trial.

The decision was met with Republican criticism that Mohammed would use the forum to espouse his anti-American ideology as he did last year before a military commission.

“If KSM makes the same statements he made in his military commission proceedings, I have every confidence the nation and the world will see him for the coward he is,” Holder said in prepared remarks. “I’m not scared of what KSM will have to say at trial – and no one else needs to be either.”