Goodlatte: Former Al-Qaeda Spokesman Should Be Sent to Guantanamo Bay

Statement

By:  Bob Goodlatte
Date: March 11, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Last week, the Department of Justice announced that Abu Ghaith, a former spokesman for al-Qaeda and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was captured overseas and secretly brought to New York to face a criminal trial for allegedly conspiring to kill Americans. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement in response to the capture of Abu Ghaith and the Obama administration's decision to try him in the United States:

"The capture of Abu Ghaith is another example of our intelligence community's unwavering commitment to find and capture foreign enemies of the United States. But the Obama administration should not rush to try al-Qaeda's former spokesman in a civilian court where he is afforded the full rights of a U.S. citizen.

"There are still many questions that need to be answered, but by allowing Abu Ghaith to stand trial in the U.S. rather than sending him to Guantanamo Bay for further questioning, the Obama administration is missing an opportunity to obtain about a dozen years' worth of intelligence from Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and to gain valuable information about other potential attacks against Americans. This decision made by the Obama administration jeopardizes the safety of Americans and guarantees the full panoply of constitutional rights to foreign terrorists."