WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Trump Administration not holding New York terror suspect Akayed Ullah as an enemy combatant for intelligence gathering purposes.
“I am incredibly disappointed to see the Trump Administration continue to treat terrorists as common criminals. Giving Akayed Ullah a lawyer and putting him directly into the criminal justice system means we lose the ability to gather intelligence from a person who fits the profile of an enemy combatant.
“We couldn’t possibly have gathered information on the multiple trips Ullah made to Bangladesh and other relevant activity in such a short period of time. Now that he has a lawyer, there will be no more intelligence gathering and everything will have to be done through plea bargaining.
“When it comes to the potential interrogation policies regarding terrorists, it is as if President Obama and his team never left. How many more attacks will it take before the Trump Administration embraces the fact that we are fighting a war, not a crime?
“The evidence against Ullah is so overwhelming, a first year law student could convict him. Our primary goal for terror suspects like Ullah should be to gather intelligence to ensure we prevent and disrupt future attacks. Only after all intelligence gathering is complete, should the suspect be turned over for trial.”