"I think that the administration has made a mistake by treating this terrorist as a common criminal — by putting him into the criminal justice system," King said Tuesday during an appearance on NBC. "I wish they would have put him into a military tribunal so we could get as much intelligence and information out of him as we could."
The New York Republican, who has been one of the GOP's foremost point men on national security issues, said that by affording Abdulmutallab due process, the government was missing out on potentially vital information from the alleged bomber, who is said to have ties to al Qaeda.
"My concern is that we did miss the opportunity, because once we put him into the criminal justice system, he gets a lawyer and Miranda rights," King explained.
Abdulmutallab was charged by the Justice Department on Saturday while in the hospital, where he is recovering from injuries sustained during his attempted attack.