GOP presses case for harsher handling of terror suspects

02/1/2010 | Washington Post, The

Republicans in Congress are stepping up their criticism of the administration's anti-terror policies, signaling that they see a political advantage on homeland security issues. On Saturday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, used the GOP's weekly radio address to blast the handling of accused underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who stopped talking to FBI investigators after being advised of his Miranda rights. "When the Obama administration decided to treat Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal, it did so without the input of our nation's top intelligence officials," Collins said, charging that the administration "appears to have a blind spot when it comes to the war on terrorism."

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