Lindsey Graham: Putting Suspect on Ship Undercuts Geneva Rules

Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 08:24 PM

By Greg Richter

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The United States is undercutting the Geneva Conventions by putting the suspect in the Benghazi attack on a ship and slowly taking him to New York, says South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

"Under the law of war, putting people on ships is frowned upon," Graham said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."

"This is a haphazard approach because they won't use Gitmo. We're actually bastardizing the law of war, setting a bad precedent, and this is a horrible idea."

Graham and other Republicans want Ahmed Abu Khattalah, captured over the weekend in Libya, to be held at the U.S. military prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Graham said he fears that treating Khattalah like a criminal instead of a terrorist will prevent valuable intelligence-gathering, since he will be read his Miranda rights on docking in the United States.

"This is the most ill-conceived idea coming out of an administration that seems to have no limits on ill-conceived ideas," Graham said. "I don't want a history lesson on Ansar al-Sharia; I'd like to hold him for months, if not years, to find out what he knows about future attacks, how Benghazi unfolded."

The attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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