Lindsey Graham: Interrogate Abu Gaith at Guantanamo

If it’s not Senators grandstanding on the administration’s national security policy with regards to drones which has allowed us to brings troops home sooner rather than later, it’s Senators grandstanding on the administration’s desire to reverse Bush-era detention policy which, by all accounts, has served as an excellent recruiting tool for extremists.

via MotherJones

On Thursday, Suleiman Abu Gaith, identified by US officials as Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and a spokesperson for Al Qaeda, was indicted in federal court in New York City on charges of conspiracy after reportedly being handed over to the US by Jordanian authorities. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) promptly went ballistic, saying military detention was imperative. “By processing terrorists like Sulaiman Abu Ghayth through civilian courts, the Administration risks missing important opportunities to gather intelligence to prevent future attacks and save lives.” They added that Obama’s “lack of a war-time detention policy for foreign members of Al Qaeda, as well as its refusal to detain and interrogate these individuals at Guantanamo, makes our nation less safe.”

I effectively read the latter part of this statement as ‘because the president won’t torture them, we’re less safe.’ Because why else would interrogating them in Cuba be any different than interrogating them in the New England?

This has inspired a moment of schadenfreude in me because one of the oldest talking points used by the president’s critics on the left is that he has refused to reverse Bush-era detention policy or close Guantanamo Bay, but you know as well as I do that congress has repeatedly voted to bar the president from closing Guantanamo, from transferring detainees to the United States, and in the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, barred the administration from prosecuting him in New York City.

Now that the administration has apprehended a high-profile suspect outside of the old system, Senators want to send him straight to Guantanamo. The difference this time is that they can’t force the Department of Justice to alter course while in previous instances they could.

I would hasten to remind you that obstruction of the administration’s desired national security policy has been, for the most part, bipartisan. The only self-identified socialist in congress even voted against closing Guantanamo.

  • 1933john

    Lindsey Graham is a white guy from South Carolina and Obama is a black guy from
    Chicago, enough said.

  • muselet

    Charlie Pierce:

    United States authorities have arrested a fat guy in Jordan. The fat guy was so out of shape that he recently was staying in a luxury hotel in Turkey rather than jihadding up a storm in the mountain passes of Waziristan. This is a big deal because the fat guy is the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, and he’s been spouting off, and much worse, for over a decade, and now that they’ve got him, the feds would like to put the old fat guy on trial. convict him, and send the fat guy off to Chateau du SuperMax until time shall be no more.

    Which is, of course, Lindsey Graham’s cue to come up with the shivery shakes. Again.

    ‘Cause there’s nothing in this world scarier than a pudgy PR flak.

    Halloween (“Oh, my lord! Those people are wearing masks! Terrorists!) and the Fourth of July (“Oh, my lord! The terrorists are bombing the Piggly Wiggly!) must be a hoot around ol’ Lindsey’s place.


    • Victor_the_Crab

      HA! Thanks for the article. Ol’ Lindsey talks tough when in reality he’s scared shitless of his own shadow.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    If Lindsey Graham thinks Guantanamo is good enough for the likes of Suleiman Abu Gaith, then perhaps we can ship Lindsey off to Guantananmo for an extended period there. I would gladly pay the one way plane ticket to send him there for his interrogation stay.