WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today on the Obama administration's decision to indict Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, in federal court with conspiracy to kill a national of the United States:

“Despite U.S. forces killing Osama bin Laden almost two years ago, the fight against terror continues,” said Inhofe. “The Obama administration’s recent decision to indict Abu Ghayth in federal court instead of detaining him at GITMO is the wrong decision. The president, transfixed on the idea terrorists should be tried in civilian courts, put politics before the safety of our soldiers and our nation. Not only is Abu Ghayth a family member of bin Laden, but he was also a key member of al-Qaeda. Therefore, under the law of war, he can be held for the duration of hostilities and we could continue to question him to gain further intelligence. Instead since the Obama administration chose to give Abu Ghayth the same rights and protections as American citizens, he now has the right to remain silent.  This only puts our nation at a disadvantage when it comes to the accumulation of intelligence, an essential factor in preventing future terrorist attacks. GITMO is the most effective asset we have against terrorists, and we need to be using it.”