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Abu Anas Al-Libi Should Be Sent To Guantanamo, Republican Senators Argue

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FILE - This file image from the FBI website shows Abu Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the United States for more than a decade. Al-Libi was captured in a raid Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, and is being held aboard the USS San Antonio, a warship mainly used to transport troops. Instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay or secret CIA "black" sites for interrogation, the Obama administration is questioning them aboard | AP

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's detention of a high-profile terrorist suspect aboard a Navy vessel is drawing sharp opposition among Republicans in Congress, who say Abu Anas al-Libi should be sent to Guantanamo Bay.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte and Saxby Chambliss say intelligence officials need far more than a couple of months at sea to sufficiently question al-Libi over the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa and any other al-Qaida terrorist plots. They say a potential civilian trial in New York also is misguided.

Al-Libi, one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists, was captured Saturday in Libya.

Graham accused President Barack Obama of making a political choice not to use Guantanamo, a prison the president has vowed to close.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is among those backing civilian prosecution.

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