House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below following today's announcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that senior Al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Liby, who was apprehended in Libya earlier this month, has arrived in the United States to stand trial in federal court for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa.
Chairman Goodlatte: "Earlier this month, U.S. special operations forces captured Abu Anas al-Liby, a senior Al Qaeda operative who helped mastermind the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, killing 224 people. Since his capture on October 5th, al-Liby has been held on the USS San Antonio where he was interrogated for intelligence-gathering purposes. Today's announcement by DOJ that al-Liby has arrived in New York in order to stand trial in federal court raises numerous questions and concerns.
Chief among those concerns is the short amount of time that was spent interrogating this foreign terrorist who was once a member of Osama bin Laden's inner circle. In just over one week, one of the world's most wanted terror suspects was questioned and then brought to New York where he is being afforded the rights guaranteed to U.S. citizens, including the right to remain silent. I find it hard to believe that 15 years of intelligence was gathered in just a few days of interrogation. It certainly begs the question whether rushing foreign terrorists into U.S. courts is a strategy that is in the best interests of the United States."