Republican leadership blasts decision to try terror suspect in civilian court

10:41, July 07, 2011      

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U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday criticized President Barack Obama's decision to try a Somali terror suspect in a civilian court in New York.

"It's astonishing that this administration is determined to give foreign fighters all the rights and privileges of U.S. citizens regardless of where they are captured," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a 25-year-old Somali national, was captured in the Gulf on April 19 and kept aboard a U.S. Navy ship at sea. He was indicted on Tuesday in a New York court on charges of providing material support to both Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked group Al Shebab.

"It has become abundantly clear that the administration has no intention of utilizing Guantanamo unless an enemy combatant is already being held there," McConnell said. "Instead, the administration has purposefully imported a terrorist into the U.S. and is providing him all the rights of U.S. citizens in court."

Many Republicans including McConnell have been fighting hard against Obama's effort to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and transfer terror suspects to U.S. civilian courts for trial.

Source: Xinhua
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