Durbin scores underwear bomber’s guilty plea as Democratic victory

“Today, no one on the Republican side has come to the Senate floor to make these arguments… It may be because yesterday Umar Faruk Abdulmutallab pled guilty in federal court to trying to explode a bomb in his underwear,” said Durbin. 

In attacking the stance of many Republicans who insist that suspected terrorists ought not to be read their Miranda rights once apprehended, Durbin quoted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) complaint last year that Abdulmutallab had likely been handled with kid gloves by federal authorities.

“He was given a 50 minute interrogation; probably Larry King has interrogated people longer and better than that, after which he was assigned a lawyer who told him to shut up,” said McConnell in February of last year.

Durbin said in fact authorities had managed to convince Abdulmutallab to spill crucial details about the planned attack and eventually plead guilty despite the fact that his rights were respected.

"I sincerely hope that this case will cause some members of this body to reconsider their opposition to handling terrorists in the criminal justice system," concluded Durbin.

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