Keeping a Suspected Terrorist On a Boat for Two Months and the ATF Chief Testifies: Today’s Qs for O’s WH – 7/6/2011

Jul 6, 2011 11:37am

JAKE TAPPER: The Somali that was captured and brought to the United States after being on a boat for roughly two months and interrogated. Can you explain under what rules he was kept in a boat for two months and interrogated and why that’s any different theoretically from Guantanamo?

JAY CARNEY: Mr. Warsame, a Somali national, who was a member of al-Shabaab and has close associations with al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula, AQAP, was captured by U.S. military forces in the Gulf region and taken into custody based on information developed regarding his links to terrorist groups. He was detained lawfully under the Law of War aboard a U.S. navy ship until his transfer to the U.S. for prosecution. The International Committee of The Red Cross was told of Warsame’s detention on the ship, visited the site of detention, and had the opportunity, opportunity rather, to interview the detainee aboard the ship. As you know, wherever possible our first priority is, and always has been, to apprehend terrorist suspects and to preserve the opportunity to elicit valuable intelligence that can help us protect the American people. In this case, the government has been able to recover very valuable intelligence from this operation.

TAPPER: Under the Rules of War he was detained on this ship for two month –

CARNEY: — under the Law of War, yes –

TAPPER: — the Law of War. How long would he be allowed to be detained on this ship?

CARNEY: I’ll refer you to the Justice Department for that.

TAPPER: Ok. The senator and congressman who run the investigative committees in Congress, Grassley and Issa, disclosed today that the acting head of the ATF, Melson, testified on the Fourth of July behind closed doors with their committees and with his personal attorney and they have written a letter to the president expressing concern about some of the things that he had to say. Do you have any reaction to that?

CARNEY: I haven’t seen the letter. I’m not aware of it.

-Jake Tapper

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