Jim Bender Releases Statement on Times Square Bomber

Jim Bender - US Senate 2010

HOLLIS, NH - Republican US Senate Candidate Jim Bender released a statment today concerning the attempted attack in Times Square:

The authorities have arrested Faisal Shahzad as a suspect in the botched Times Square car bomb attempt.

Mr. Shahzad is a naturalized citizen of the United States, and as such he must be tried according to the laws of the United States.  If Mr. Shahzad is indeed the man responsible for these crimes, he is a wicked man who sought to bring terror and destruction onto American soil.  Times Square is a tourist destination, busy with parents and their children.  The people behind this heinous act are cowards seeking to destroy innocent American lives.

I’m no lawyer, but I read the Constitution, and it’s clear on this subject.  I would oppose attempts to strip Mr. Shahzad of his citizenship and his legal rights.  The Founding Fathers knew there could be traitors even within our own country.  The Constitution specifically speaks to the crime of Treason and our judicial system has over 200 years of experience fending off enemies from within.  In recent memory, we can look to the case of Timothy McVeigh to see that it is possible to uphold our legal system and seek justice, and we can see that these goals are not in conflict with one another.  In trying situations like these, it is more important than ever that we adhere to our Constitutional values.

If circumstances were different and the man was not a citizen, I would favor sending him to a military tribunal instead.