According to Kit Bond, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, it will be a dangerous mistake if the underwear bomber is tried in a civilian court.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is accused of attempting to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253, with explosives hidden in his underwear on Christmas Day, December 25, 2009 as the airbus approached Detroit.
The Obama Administration is wanting to bring Abdulmutallab to trial in a civilian court although many Republicans oppose the administration’s plan and would prefer he be treated as a enemy combatant in the war against terror.
I seem to have a little trouble with those who think his detainment should be handled by the military with the presumption that he would be tried in a military tribunal.
I have no problem with those captured in military operations being handled by the military and think that it is the proper action. Those captured on the “battlefield” as it were in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere should not be afforded the privilege our our legal system and therefore I strongly oppose bringing prisoners from GITMO to the mainland for trial as Obama wants to do. They are not US citizens and were captured as part of our war effort and should be treated as such.
However, I think the arrest of Abdulmutallab is different and I would favor a civilian trial. I have concern that it would be a slippery slope (as lawyers like to say) toward the possibility of eroding our Constitutionally protected liberties. If he is striped of civil liberties and is treated as an enemy combatant I am concerned that the same could happen to others who are critical of our middle east policy.
Individuals, such as former presidential candidate Ron Paul, and other less known figures who are outspoken in exposing the foolishness of sending American troops into the internal affairs of foreign nations may be considered working against the best interest of the nation. In such a scenario, an aggressive prosecutor could make the claim that they too are an active participant (enemy) in our war on terror and face a military trial void of Constitutional protected liberties.
Let the underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, be tried in a civil court where I am confident he will be convicted. He should not be given the "honor" and "dignity" that is afforded a soldier in battle. He is a common thug, criminal and was a potential mass murderer.