Via Weasel Zippers, who says: "That’s what Gitmo is for"
POLITICO — In a move that has angered some congressional Republicans, a Somali man accused of having ties to two terrorist groups — who was secretly interrogated for months aboard a U.S. Navy ship — will be prosecuted in civilian court in New York by the Justice Department, the Obama administration said.
The indictment unsealed in the Southern District of New York charges Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame with nine counts related to supporting the Al Qaeda in Yemen and the Shabab in Somalia terror groups — but the White House didn’t reveal his capture until after he had already been brought onto American soil.
Warsame’s capture was not announced until after he arrived in New York late Monday, avoiding congressional opposition to bringing him into the country. Late last year, Congress voted to bar the transport of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to the United States to face trial. Attorney General Eric Holder has been a strong proponent of trying suspected terrorists in civilian courts.
As part of the Obama administration’s push to shift from detaining suspected terrorists indefinitely without filing charges to trying them in U.S. courts, Warsame is the first foreign terrorism suspect to be captured abroad and brought to the United States for civil trial.
Military and intelligence interrogators on the ship questioned him for two months before law enforcement officials were brought in to prepare for the indictment.