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Giuliani Questions the Christmas Day Bomber’s Prosecution in Civilian Court

Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is questioning the White House’s decision to prosecute the Christmas Day bomber in federal court. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to blow up a plane that he was a passenger on with a bomb hidden in his underwear. The White House almost immediately decided to prosecute Abdulmutallab in civilian courts rather than a military court. David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security, said in a statement: “As a counter-terrorism tool, the criminal justice system has been an incredibly effective intelligence collection platform for acquiring information from and about terrorists.”

Giuliani and other GOP leaders are critical of the decision arguing key information has been lost by refusing to interrogate Abdulmutallab. The former New York mayor also argues the attempted bombing was an act of war so it should be prosecuted in a military court. “Why in God’s name would you stop questioning a terrorist?” Giuliani asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “It seems to me we’re going to be trying the most dangerous terrorists in the wrong place.”

Read more at the Washington Post or watch Giuliani’s interview on YouTube.

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