Holder Says Pakistani Taliban Behind Bomb

Sunday, May 09, 2010

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Sunday that the Pakistani Taliban directed, facilitated and probably financed last weekend's car bombing attempt in Times Square. So far, only one person, Faisal Shahzad, is facing terror-related charges for the failed bomb attempt in federal court.

Holder said on NBC's Meet the Press that he plans to ask Congress to give law enforcement more flexibility before reading a terrorism suspect his Miranda rights. He also said he was in favor of broadening the current "public safety exception," which allows the government to delay the Miranda reading during arrests if there's imminent harm to the public.

"We want to work with Congress to come up with a way in which we make our public safety exception more flexible, and again, more consistent with the threat that we face," Holder said. Holder added that if Shahzad stands trial, it will likely be in a civilian court, not a military tribunal. There will be no trial if Shahzad pleads guilty.

Separately, Holder said that New York City has still not been ruled out a trial venue for accused 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and that the government had not yet decided whether to try him in a civilian court or military tribunal.

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