Should someone who bombs Americans be treated as an accused citizen, or an enemy combatant?
Donald Trump spoke to a crowd in Florida on Monday telling them that under U.S. law, bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami would receive ‘amazing’ care while hospitalized.
Trump claimed that Rahami would even ‘get room service’ while he is treated for gunshot wounds, which he received on Monday while being taken into custody.
He also lambasted the fact Rahami, an American citizen, will be represented by a lawyer when he is tried on attempted murder charges.
‘Now we will give him amazing hospitalization. He will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world,’ Trump said in Fort Myers, Florida.
..Because Rahami is a U.S. citizen, he is afforded his constitutional right to due process as stated and guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment.
Rahami faces five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two gun charges, authorities said Monday afternoon. Bail has been set at $5.2 million and he remains in hospital.
‘His case will go through the various court systems for years. And in the end, people will forget, and his punishment won’t be what it once would have been,’ Trump said. ‘What a sad situation.’
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham echoed Trump’s sentiments and asked the Obama administration to suspend Rahami’s constitutional rights.
If labeled an enemy combatant, Rahami would lose his rights to a lawyer.
So should they be treated as an American who has committed an ordinary crime?
Should they be treated as an enemy combatant, and forfeit the rights citizens enjoy?
Since terrorism is an attack against the nation as a whole, does Treason (with it’s charges and penalties) come into play?
Some of you will have strong opinions, others will have the legal background to give this question the perspective it deserves.
All are welcome to weigh in on the comments and in the poll.