October 15, 2013
Washington, D.C. -- Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on reports that Abu Anas al-Libi will appear today in federal court in New York:
"It is despicable that under the direction of President Obama foreign terrorists who have targeted and killed innocent people are being provided the same rights as American citizens. We saw this in the way the Administration brought high profile terrorists Ahmed Warsame and Abu Ghayth to the United States for trial shortly after being captured, and now we are seeing it again today with Abu Anas al-Libi who helped plan the bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. Al-Libi, an alleged senior terrorist, was only questioned 10 days out on a ship in the middle of an ocean. Now that he is on U.S. soil, he will be read his Miranda rights making it much more difficult to gather intelligence to prevent future attacks. If al-Libi were instead detained in Guantanamo Bay, he could be held for the duration of hostilities, his interrogation could continue, and still stand trial. The President is failing to consider our national security when he gives enemy combatants the right to remain silent. The President's agenda to close Gitmo is a blatant unwillingness to confront global terrorism and it only emboldens our enemies to continue their despicable acts against humanity. Gitmo is a great resource for our national security and prevents bringing terrorism into the United States."