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
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)

(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."

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Oct 9, 2013 10:12 PM CDT
Oct 9, 2013 4:48 PM CDT
gitmo is the perfect place for surprised any place different is even considered
Oct 9, 2013 2:19 PM CDT
Guess we're kind of caught in a dilemma here. Other nations of the world look at Gitmo as kind of a war crime unto itself, & we're sending our military in to grab individuals who've committed criminal acts against us (one could make the argument in a lot of courts that amounts to kidnapping since it wasn't being carried out as an arrest by law enforcement officers of the country we went into in order to capture our prisoner). Seems like the correct place to send Mr. al-Libi is our U.S. justice system rather then Gitmo, either that or to prove to the rest of the World we're really sincere about following The Rule of Law internationally & not just Talkin' the Talk, The International Criminal Court @ the Hague