Alexander on Fox News Sunday Discusses “Christmas Day Bomber,” Terrorist Trials on U.S. Soil, and Bank Bailout

Says “We have to make a distinction between a kid who breaks into a sandwich shop in Detroit and a Nigerian terrorist who wants to blow up an airplane flying to Detroit”

Posted on January 31, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today was a guest on Fox’s “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” to discuss the economy, government spending, health care, and national security.  Below are excerpts from Senator Alexander’s remarks:

On the “Christmas Day bomber” and terrorist trials on U.S. soil:

  • We have to make a distinction between a kid who breaks into a sandwich shop in Detroit and a Nigerian terrorist who wants to blow up an airplane flying into Detroit. And the Congress this past year carefully went over the military commission provisions and increased protections, made sure they were fair …. We need to find out from terrorists like the Christmas Day bomber what else he knows … and the failure to interrogate the Christmas Day bomber, the idea of trying the 9/11 architect in the middle of New York City—all of this shows a reluctance to separate enemy combatants and Americans who commit crimes.”

On Attorney General Holder’s job performance and his handling of terrorist trials:

  • “I think he should step up and admit he made those decisions. Right now, he's doing a better job interrogating CIA employees than interrogating terrorists. And he’s not making a distinction between those who blow up planes and American citizens committing crimes. He needs to go to Congress and say, ‘I made that decision and here is why.’”

On the president’s proposal to spend TARP money on jobs programs:

  • “The bank bail-out was a loan. It's been paid back and it ought to be used to reduce the debt and not spend it. We ought to end the bank bail-out.”