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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, March 07, 2013 5:36 pm

Senators say no to trying terror suspect in US

The Associated Press

Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte (AY'-aht) say the Obama administration is wrong to bring a recently captured son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida (al-KAH'-ee-duh) spokesmen to court in New York. They described the action as "sneaky" and against the will of Congress.

Graham says Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is clearly an enemy combatant and should have been sent straight to the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility in Cuba for extended questioning.

Graham and Ayotte said at hastily arranged news conference Thursday that they worry that the administration's decision to have Abu Ghaith appear in a federal court in New York will establish a precedent. Ayotte says suspects like Abu Ghaith do not deserve the protections of U.S. courts. U.S. law enforcement officials on Thursday confirmed Abu Ghaith's capture.