New York Terror Suspect Must be Held as Enemy Combatant: McCain, Graham


According to the senator, the New York terror suspect is “an enemy combatant” and “not entitled to Miranda Rights.” He “should be interrogated thoroughly, responsibly, and humanely in consistent with the Law of Armed Conflict.”

McCain said, “As soon as possible, the administration should notify Congress how it plans to proceed with the interrogation and trial of this suspect.

On the other hand, Senator Lindsey Graham shared McCain’s position that Saipov should be held as an enemy combatant. He explained that there is enough evidence to suggest that “radical Islamic thought motivated” Saipov to carry out the attack.

U.S. should treat terror suspect as “soldier of the caliphate”

During a press conference, Graham stated that evidence suggest that Saipov killed in the name of radical Islam. That he is expressing his allegiance to ISIS. That he is acting as a soldier of the caliphate. We should treat him as a soldier of the caliphate.”

Additionally, Graham emphasized that the war is changing because the enemy is no longer organized in groups. They are soliciting people in the United States and abroad through the internet to support their cause.