As the news unfolded Monday morning about the attempted bombing in New York City, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) came out of the gate strong about what should happen to the alleged bomber.
During a phone interview with Fox News, Graham was adamant:
“The last thing I want this guy to hear is ‘You have the right to remain silent.’ He should be held as a suspected enemy combatant.
We should take several days here to figure out who he is, and not read him his Miranda rights.”
Graham said that prosecuting the alleged bomber — identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah — “is not going to be difficult. I want to hold him under the law of war, and gather intelligence.”
Graham also took a shot at former President Barack Obama, whose administration originally planned to prosecute 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court:
“I am urging the Trump administration to reject the law enforcement model and reject Obama’s policies of turning the war into a crime.”
The Obama administration later reversed the controversial decision, deciding Mohammed would be tried by a military commission. He currently resides in Guantanamo Bay.
While some are quick to jump to labeling suspected terrorists as “lone wolves,” Graham said it should make no difference:
“Whether he was a lone wolf or not, I hope they will treat this as an act of terrorism, not a common crime.”
No one was killed in the botched attack, although four people were reportedly injured.
Video of the Graham interview is below.