Republicans are denouncing the Obama administrationâ€™s decision to bring Osama bin Ladenâ€™s son-in-law to New York for a civilian trial, arguing he belongs in military custody in Guantanamo Bay.
Slaiman Abu Ghayth pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiring to kill Americans Friday in a brief appearance in New York federal courtroom. The presence of bin Ladenâ€™s son-in-law, who serves as a spokesman for al Qaeda, in New York City just blocks from where the World Trade Center towers were demolished â€” is reigniting a fiery debate over whether terrorists should be tried in civilian court or military commissions.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the decision to try Mr. Ghayth in New York demonstrates â€œa stubborn refusalâ€ to hold additional terrorists at the Guantanamo Bay facility and could impede intelligence collection.
The intelligence team that located Osama bin Laden, Mr. McConnell said, relied on information gathered through the interrogation of detainees. Right now, the nationâ€™s intelligence community is trying to locate al Qaedaâ€™s new leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and do everything they can to disrupt potential terrorist attacks.
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