Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Arrest And Prosecution Of Abu Anas al-Libi

“The United States is the most powerful nation in the world, and we have a justice system that is second to none.  The administration’s decision to prosecute Anas al-Libi in an Article III Federal Court shows that the United States acts out of strength and not out of fear.  We are not afraid of terrorists, nor are we afraid to bring them to justice in our courts.  I commend the intelligence and law enforcement officials who have worked for more than a decade to bring al-Libi to face justice.  The indefinite detention of al-Libi at Guantanamo would have been unnecessary and unwise. President Obama, Attorney General Holder, and the administration’s national security team should be applauded for their commitment to our national security and the rule of law.”

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