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We're getting word that the Nigerian student accused of trying to bring down a flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day could strike a deal with prosecutors -- -- a whole lot of questions about the decision.
To try him in civilian court as opposed to putting him.
In the military system in treating him as an enemy combatant.
Critics are concerned that he was read his rights to quickly and clammed up a plea deal could mean that -- after -- of would give up more information but the question is what might he get in exchange.
Mike -- -- is a guy who knows former US attorney for district of Massachusetts where he prosecuted.
The guy known as the shoe bomber Richard Reid Mike good to see you you and I've talked about this before.
And I guess I still don't get it explain it to me again why would somebody who was willing to blow himself up on an airplane.
Want to strike some sort of -- Well it's unlikely that he will provide an inning of any substantial significance for the government that this point in time.
Our experience has shown that these are not folks that are approaching his -- the way ordinary ordinary criminals.
Do in terms of risk benefit analysis -- fanatics.
So itself likely a fine he pleads guilty did would ever.
Cooperation he offers for the government mobile phone little or no value -- this moment in time.
You know a lot of people point to your case the case of Richard Reid and say we'll see you read pleaded guilty and now he's put away there are parallels here.
Well there certainly are some similarities with regards to al-Qaeda -- interest in two in blowing up planes with United States citizens.
Come on board -- -- impacting our national security on national.
Interest the most significant difference.
He's Reid who is apprehended in December of 2001.
During the early stages of our war against al-Qaeda here.
And -- point in time we -- is equipped as we are today to essentially hold it in these.
Terrorist is illegal enemy combatants.
In -- dad is a way to gather significant substantial intelligence.
-- will certainly keep our country in our men and women in uniform might say if we do know that tremendous intelligence.
Has been gathered.
Over this period of time by those detainees are held that gitmo we also know that those folks that have been apprehended and prosecuted.
Domestically -- United States.
Even though that they are illegal enemy combatants who provided little -- no or no value.
Foreign intelligence which -- did you get something for marine when he pleaded guilty.
No we read give us some some statements early on but as soon as he realized that he had the right to remain silent.
He remained silent he provided.
No cooperation though with the -- the government I'm confident.
That of -- was apprehended in 2003.
He approached by our government in December 2003 would have been much different.
We would have been held isn't illegal enemy combatant.
In the amount of intelligence.
Would have been substantial in terms of -- were able to capture.
From Richard -- that would have helped us prosecute.
-- of the war against al-Qaeda that obvious she was a missed opportunity but times are much different.
We're much better equipped we have a lot more experience.
In dealing with these terrorists they are not.
Ordinary criminals -- to a risk benefit analysis.
In terms of pleading guilty for some consideration of the of a sentence so.
It's important for the -- government to recognize the experiences we have to date and gather as much intelligence that's going to protect our Entrust.
Certainly -- country our national security.
And especially to help us prosecute the war against al-Qaeda.
And all the talks are -- to be going on we'll see if they had anywhere Mike solvent.
Former US attorney prosecuted Richard Reid could keep my thanks.
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