Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), who’s now running for Governor of Michigan, says that Abdulmutallab should be classified as an ‘enemy combatant’ and be tried in a military court, according to his spokesman Jamal Ware. But when we asked Ware whether Hoekstra thinks we should have done the same with “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, here’s the answer we got …
Asked whether Hoekstra believes the Bush Administration should have tried shoe bomber Richard Reid in federal court — where he was convicted in 2003 — Ware says he doesn’t believe Hoekstra has looked back at the issue in detail.
“The issue here isn’t to look at these things piecemeal,” Ware says. “It’s to figure out, how do you address situations where people like Abdulmutallab and Reid that are taken into custody after failed attacks on American soil.”
Here’s TPMMuckraker’s Justin Elliott’s interview with Ware, conducted a few moments ago.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.