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Is US Using Warships as 'Black Site' to Interrogate Terrorists_ _ Mail Online
  show ad Is U.S. using warships as the new 'floatingblack sites' for indefinite detention? Terror suspect just captured in Libya is beinginterrogated at sea instead of sent to Gitmo Suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Anas al-Libi was sent to the USS San Antoniofor interrogation after he was captured in Libya Al-Libi's handling shows new pattern favored by President Obama of usingwarships as the sites for extended CIA and military interrogationsIt is believed al-Libi will be transferred to the U.S. and prosecuted in civiliancourts after he is pumped for intelligence information at sea ByDaily Mail Reporter and Associated Press Reporter  PUBLISHED: 18:42 GMT, 8 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:22 GMT, 9 October 201325Viewcomments   Abu Anas al-Libi, a suspected al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings,is being held aboard a ship  After Delta Force commandos seized Abu Anas al-Libi in Libya this weekend, he was whisked away to anearby U.S. warship, where he will be interrogated by the military until he is sent back to the West for prosecution. Al-Libi is the latest terrorist suspect to be held aboard American naval vessels that have become 'floatingblack sites' used to house so-called enemy combatants offshore so they can be pumped for intelligenceinformation. After interrogators from the military and the CIA are finished, experts say, the suspects can then betransferred to the United States, where federal prosecutors and the FBI can take over and pursue chargesin a civilian court.Questioning suspected terrorists aboard U.S. warships in international waters is President Barack Obama'sanswer to the Bush administration detention policies of sending enemy combatant to secret CIA 'blacksites' or to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.President Obama, as a candidate, promised to end such policies.The strategy also makes good on Obama's pledge to prosecute terrorists in U.S. civilian courts, whichmany Republicans have argued against. But it also raises questions about using 'law of war' powers tocircumvent the safeguards of the U.S. criminal justice system.That's the pattern emerging with the recent capture of al-Libi, one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists,long-sought for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.He was captured in a raid Saturday and is being held aboard the USS San Antonio, an amphibious warshipmainly used to transport troops. It was in the Mediterranean to support the now-canceled strikes in Syria.   Al-Libi is being held aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio, wherehe could be interrogated for weeks or months before being read his Miranda Rights What happens now to Anas al-Libi? Experts say he likely is being questioned by CIA and military interrogators - along with lawyers from theU.S. Department of Justice. After the interrogation, it is expected he will be sent back to the United States and read his Miranda Rights -including the 'right to remain silent.' He will be questioned again - this time within the bounds of federal law.By holding people in secret prisons, known as black sites, the CIA was able to question them over longperiods, using the harshest interrogation tactics, without giving them access to lawyers. Obama came to  office without a ready replacement for those secret prisons.The concern was that if a terrorist was sent directly to court, the government might never know whatintelligence he had. With the black sites closed and Obama refusing to send more people to the U.S.detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, it wasn't obvious where the U.S. would hold people for interrogation. And that's where the warships came in.On Saturday, the Army's Delta Force and Libyan operatives captured al-Libi in a raid. A team of U.S.investigators from the military, intelligence agencies and the Justice Department has been sent to questionhim on board the San Antonio, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. The San Antoniowas in the Mediterranean as part of the fleet preparing for now-canceled strikes on Syria last month.  Al-Libi's sons show off the SUV from which their father was captured by Delta Forcecommandos this weekend. The troops reportedly broke out his window, pulled him intotheir black Mercedes and whisked him away  Al-Libi, who was indicted in 2000 for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa,was being held on the warship in military custody under the laws of war, which means a person can becaptured and held indefinitely as an enemy combatant, one of the officials said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. As of Monday, al-Libi had not been read his Miranda rights, which include the rights to remain silent andspeak with an attorney. And it was unclear when al-Libi would be brought to the U.S. to face charges.'It appears to be an attempt to use assertion of law of war powers to avoid constraint and safeguards in thecriminal justice system,' said Hina Shamsi, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union and thedirector of the civil rights organization's national security project. 'I am very troubled if this is the pattern thatthe administration is setting for itself.'The Obama administration publicly debuted the naval ship interrogation tactic in 2011 when it captured Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali citizen who the U.S. government said helped support and trainal-Qaida-linked militants. Warsame was questioned aboard a U.S. warship for two months before he wentto New York to face terrorism charges. He pleaded guilty earlier this year and agreed to tell the FBI what heknew about terror threats and, if necessary, testify for the government.
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