White House sees NY attacker as 'enemy combatant'


Trump also criticized the U.S. justice system, saying he would be open to sending Saipov to the United States military prison operated at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. "Look at him as an unlawful enemy combatant, take the time you need to develop who he is, what he did, and why; be ready to present if necessary to a federal judge your case against him being an unlawful enemy combatant". "We don't want lotteries", Trump said, referring to the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program", which the suspect reportedly entered the USA under.

We have to come up with punishment that's far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now. "We have to get much less politically correct".

Asked whether he might send Mr Saipov to the American military prison located in an American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Mr Trump said "I would certainly consider that".

The President added that the ISIS-inspired attacker from Uzbekistan was the "point of contact for 23 people" that entered the U.S.

Miranda rights refer to a required warning to criminal suspects that they have a right to remain silent and not incriminate themselves.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also called for trying Saipov at Guantanamo, according to the Huffington Post. "He's a terrorist, he should be kept there". "Transferring the suspect from NY would raise a host of constitutional and legal issues", the Times reports, "and it was not clear that Mr. Trump actually would follow through on the idea since his comment was in reaction to a question rather than part of his prepared remarks".

In a statement, McCain said the Trump administration should inform Congress as soon as possible about how it planned to treat Saipov.

Suspect Sayfullo Saipov allegedly killed eight and injured others in New York City before being shot by police. Investigators said Saipov followed plans laid out by the Daesh terrorist group and planned his attack weeks in advance.

The military commission system at the off-shore prison has been often beset by legal challenges and delays. Since 2008, no one has been sent there at all. "There is enough evidence to believe that he qualifies as an enemy combatant under the law of war", said Graham.