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New York Post - Send Him To Guantanamo

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By MICHAEL GOODWIN New York Post
Say this for Pete King: The pugilistic Long Island Republican isn't backing down from the good fight.

Already under fire from a loud minority of students opposed to his giving the commencement speech at St. John's University, King is upping the ante. Those who find his long-standing concern about homegrown terror cells "offensive" will go wiggy with his latest salvo.

King joined GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte yesterday in calling for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be held as an "enemy combatant." The tag would allow at least 30 days of unlimited interrogation before Tsarnaev would get Miranda rights.

As it stands, the administration is claiming a "public safety" exemption from Miranda, which lasts only two days.

"There is a lot we don't know," King told me yesterday. "I have had classified security briefings for eight years, and Chechens never came up once. This guy has a lot of information we need."

He's right -- and would go even further. After I said that in a better world Tsarnaev would be sent packing to Gitmo, King quickly agreed.

"That's where he belongs," he said, but conceded it might not be legal under existing law.

So change the law. The idea makes a perfect theme for the commencement speech on his schedule. The students would love it.

But just to be safe, King should bring his boxing gloves.


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