WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement regarding the Senate Resolution (S.Res.403) introduced yesterday expressing the sense of the Senate that Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab be tried by military tribunal rather than by a civilian court:  

“Adbulmutallab attempted to blow up a transcontinental airliner, and though he was unsuccessful, this should not change the fact that he is an enemy combatant and should be treated as such rather than being granted the constitutional rights reserved for U.S. citizens,” Inhofe said. “Ignoring the other ways in which the Obama Administration mishandled this situation, choosing to try Adbulmutallab by civilian court resulted in less intelligence and ultimately fewer answers for the American people concerned about their national security in the wake of this foiled attack. In his State of the Union address, President Obama recognized that we are at war with Al-Qaeda. However, his reluctance to try Adbulmutallab by a military tribunal runs counter to his words.”