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Miller Statement on Additional Charges of Terrorism Brought Against Christmas Day Attempted Bomber

by Candice Miller on December 20, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following comments regarding the Detroit federal court grand jury deciding to bring additional charges against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, one charge of conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism and one charge of possession of an explosive device in furtherance of an act of terrorism.  Miller said:
 
“I commend the work of the grand jury which handed down eight terrorist related charges against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for his actions aboard Northwest Flight 253 last Christmas.  Mr. Abdulmutallab must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for those actions, but I continue to believe that he should not be tried in a civilian court.  Abdulmutallab is an enemy combatant and should have been treated as such.   Giving terrorist suspects the full Constitutional rights afforded by our civilian justice system puts the lives of Americans at risk.  There is no question in my mind that Abdulmutallab should have been fully interrogated by the military, instead of only being questioned for 50 minutes by law enforcement officials before being given the right to remain silent. 
 
“Abdulmutallab trained in camps operated by al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen which today represents one of the gravest terrorist threats to the safety and security of our nation.   His further interrogation by military and intelligence officials could have yielded valuable new information to help us defeat these enemies of freedom whose primary goal is the murder of as many of our fellow Americans as possible.  He should then have been tried in a military commission as an enemy combatant. 
 
“Lastly, I hope the U.S. Department of Homeland Security fully recognizes the immense financial and logistical burden this trial will place on the City of Detroit and the state of Michigan and will make good on their promise to fully reimburse these costs fully.”

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