Send al-Qaeda Chief to Gitmo: GOP Senators

Trying al-Libi in US is a wasted opportunity to interrogate him

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 9, 2013 11:54 AM CDT

(Newser) Recently captured al-Qaeda honcho Abu Anas al-Libi belongs in Guantanamo—not a US courtroom, say Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss, Kelly Ayotte, and Lindsey Graham. Al-Libi is currently still being held on a Navy ship, but President Obama wants to put him on trial Stateside. The lawmakers say that's not the place for him. "In criminal (court) you are trying to solve a crime—in war you are trying to defeat the enemy," says Graham, per the Hill.

Obama, who is still intent on closing the Cuban prison, promises al-Libi will be brought to justice. "We know that Mr. al-Libi planned and helped execute plots that killed hundreds of people, a whole lot of Americans, and we have strong evidence of that," says Obama. But Chambliss and Ayotte think it's a wasted opportunity if we don't interrogate the al-Qaeda leader, Gitmo style. "This is the highest-value target we have captured in years," says Chambliss. "Some folks have been in (Guantanamo) for 10 years, and we are still getting information from them."

This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi. Gunmen in a three-car convoy seized Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade outside his house...
This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi. Gunmen in a three-car convoy seized Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings...   (AP Photo/FBI)
Sen. Lindsay Graham, right, accompanied by Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, left, and Kelly Ayotte.
Sen. Lindsay Graham, right, accompanied by Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, left, and Kelly Ayotte.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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