Hughes also questioned the connection between the United States and the threat of the Islamic State. After a prosecutor cited the deaths of two U.S. journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Hughes responded, "The Americans went into territory they [the Islamic State] controlled. No. An American who voluntarily subjects himself to the authority of beheading theological fanatical murderers, that is not against America any more than somebody who robs you in Paris."
Here is a transcript of the detention hearing, with some of the more interesting exchanges highlighted: