The Obama administration's decision to try a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden in U.S. civilian court is drawing fire from national security hawks. On FOX Friday afternoon, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said legal rules of evidence would make it more difficult to convict Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who once served as a spokesman for Al Qaeda.
If read Miranda rights, "We are deprived of the ability to interrogate this person," said McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, on "Studio B". "This man is not a common criminal. He is a member of the al Qaeda hierarchy."
Abu Ghaith pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in federal court in Manhattan on Friday morning, where he was charged with conspiring to kill Americans, The New York Times reported. McCain suggested Abu Ghaith should not be afforded the privileges or platform that he will be accorded in a civilian court as opposed to a military tribunal.
Politix reporting, and via The New York Times.