Senators question Justice Dept. handling of airline bomber

01/22/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

The two top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have criticized the Justice Department's handling of the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt, arguing that the suspected bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, should have been treated as an enemy combatant rather than a criminal. Though the lawmakers are urging Justice to consult with intelligence officials before placing suspected terrorists in the criminal justice system, a department spokesman noted that its policy is unchanged since the Bush administration.

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