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Rep. Candice Miller calls for DHS to cover costs of Christmas Day terrorist trial in Detroit

Rep. Candice Miller

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), the only member from Michigan sitting on the House Homeland Security Committee, sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on April 14, asking DHS to cover the cost for the civilian court trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged Christmas Day terrorist, that the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan will be forced to bear.

In addition, Rep. Miller asked Napolitano to coordinate with state and local officials before the trial takes place to resolve the additional security requirements the city will have to implement.

“Since this terrorist was arrested at Detroit Metro Airport on Christmas Day, I have been arguing that he is not a common criminal; he is an unlawful enemy combatant who violated the law of war and should be tried in a military commission,” wrote Miller in her letter to Napolitano.

“The decision to try this unlawful enemy combatant in civilian court, provide him with Constitutional protections, including the right to remain silent and with multiple taxpayer funded attorneys, is wrong during a time of war and extremely ill-advised.

 “The trial of this terrorist will also place an undue cost and manpower burdens on the City of Detroit and the state of Michigan, neither of which is in a position to absorb the additional security related costs of holding this trial,” she added.

Miller said it was Attorney General Eric Holder who decided to hold the trail in a civilian court in Detroit. “It would be simply wrong to ask hard pressed local communities to take on these costs simply because they were targets of this terrorist act and played no role whatsoever in the decision to hold this trial in our community,” Miller concluded.

Congresswoman Miller has introduced, H.R. 4415, the Terrorist Detention and Prosecution Act of 2010, which will give the U.S. the essential tools it needs to detain terrorists who commit acts within our borders, to interrogate them for information that will protect American citizens and then try them before military commissions, said a statement issued by the congresswoman’s office.


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