Graham and McCain: NYC terror suspect should be held as enemy combatant

McCain Graham Put NYC terror suspect in military detention

GOP senator: Treat NYC suspect as 'enemy combatant'

Two senior USA lawmakers called on Wednesday for the suspect in the NY truck attack to be treated as an enemy combatant rather than a criminal suspect, a change in federal policy they said would make it easier to interrogate him.

Graham said he had spoken to Republican President Donald Trump about the issue and, "I think he's inclined to be aggressive, at least I hope he is". "However, I'm dumbfounded as to why the Trump Administration still follows the Obama playbook when it comes to dealing with terror suspects", Graham said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

"In moments like this, it's important to gather intelligence, not to convict him in a court of law", Graham told a news conference.

"The last thing that I want this guy to hear tonight is, 'You have a right to a lawyer.' The last thing he should hear is his Miranda rights".

That would mean he would not be granted the right to remain silent or be represented by a lawyer, making it easier for him to be interrogated. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, McCain said: "The terrorist attack in NY is the latest brutal, horrific example of the war that radical Islamist extremists are waging against our nation and our way of life". He also yelled "Allahu akbar" when he exited the rented truck after killing eight people and injuring 11.

"If you show support for terrorism, commit an act of terrorism, and say you are a terrorist that should be enough to allow us to treat you as a terrorist". John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who said they thought the suspect should be taken to the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Saipov, 29, is a Uzbekistan native who has been living in the US since 2010 - in Ohio, Florida and, most recently, New Jersey. "Mr. Saipov is an enemy combatant and should be held as such", he said. "All the evidence points to the fact he should be characterized as an unlawful enemy combatant - not a common criminal".

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