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Sen. Graham: 'Incredibly Disappointed' With Terror Suspect's Trial

Sen. Graham: 'Incredibly Disappointed' With Terror Suspect's Trial
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By    |   Friday, 15 December 2017 05:22 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., expressed his displeasure with President Donald Trump's decision to try New York terror suspect Akayed Ullah in the U.S. criminal justice system rather than in a military trial at Guantanamo Bay, The Hill reported Friday.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Graham said he was "incredibly disappointed" the Trump administration would "continue to treat terrorists as common criminals." He said it was "as if President Obama and his team never left." 

Akayed Ullah, 27, who tried to detonate a pipe bomb strapped to his body in the Times Square subway system on Monday, has been charged with providing material support to a terrorist group, use of a weapon of mass destruction and three bomb-related counts. He could get up to life in prison.

Ullah made his first court appearance from his hospital bed on Wednesday, CNN reported. He had been hospitalized for burns received from a pipe bomb he strapped to his body that was detonated in a pedestrian tunnel linking two busy subway stations. 

Graham made the case the Trump administration needed to take attacks like the one Ullah attempted to carry out more seriously.

"How many more attacks will it take before the Trump Administration embraces the fact that we are fighting a war, not a crime?" Graham tweeted. "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 & other relevant activity in such a short period of time. Now that he has a lawyer there will be no more intelligence gathering & everything will have to be done through plea bargaining," he added.

The Trump administration has maintained that military trials for suspects at Guantanamo took too much time.

"Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system," the president tweeted last month about Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in an early November truck attack in New York that killed eight people.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., expressed his displeasure with President Donald Trump's decision to try New York terror suspect Akayed Ullah in the U.S. criminal justice system rather than in a military trial at Guantanamo Bay, The Hill reported Friday.
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