Nov 01 2017

Graham: NYC Terror Suspect Should Be Held As Enemy Combatant

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today held a press conference in support of holding New York City terror suspect, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, as an enemy combatant for intelligence gathering purposes.

  • GRAHAM: “So what I hope the Trump Administration will do is break from the Obama Administration’s view that all terrorists are common criminals.” 
  • GRAHAM: “If you take up arms against the United States in the name of radical Islam, you should be treated as a terrorist. If you kill in the name of radical Islam, you should be treated as a terrorist and held initially under the law of war as an unlawful enemy combatant. You’ll never convince me that the best way to gather intelligence in this war – which is now in our backyard – is to read somebody their Miranda Rights telling them they have a right to remain silent...”
  • GRAHAM: “It’s not enough for a politician to give platitudes about what happened. We actually need to look and see if our laws are sufficient to meet the threats.”
  • GRAHAM: “…I’ve been a military lawyer for 33 years. We have the authority in the United States to detain this man as an unlawful enemy combatant.”