Holder, during a heated exchange with a with Republican congressmen, said: "We will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden" rather than to the US public enemy number one in captivity."
"Let's deal with reality. Bin Laden will never appear in an American courtroom," he added.
Reacting to the opposition raised by Republican critics to try the terror suspects in US federal civilian courts on the grounds that it would put the Americans on risks, Holder said that the suspects have an equal right like that of any other mass murderers.
"They have the same rights that a Charles Manson would have, any other kind of mass murderer," he told a House Appropriations sub-committee hearing on Mar 16.
"The notion that a defendant in an Article III (civilian) court is somehow being treated in an inappropriate, special way -- that he's being coddled, is anything but the truth... These defendants charged with murder are treated just like any other murder defendant would be," he said.
Offended at the analogy of Charles Manson, Republican Representative John Culberson said that Holder's reference to Manson showed President Barack Obama's administration insentivity to American public's wish to have the terror suspects tried as war criminals and not as criminal defendants.