WASHINGTON — Graham to Obama: Send Libyan suspect to Guantanamo
The Obama administration’s detention of a high-profile terrorist suspect aboard a Navy vessel drew sharp opposition Tuesday from Republicans in Congress, including U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who said Abu Anas al-Libi should be sent to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay for indefinite interrogation.
Graham, and fellow Republican U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said 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 he participated in.
“Putting him on a Navy vessel for a matter of days or weeks is not a proper way to gather intelligence in the war on terror,” Graham said at a news conference in the Capitol.
Graham cited the years of intelligence work that enabled U.S. special forces to kill al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011. “Contrary to popular belief, what led to the bin Laden raid was not information obtained from torture,” Graham said. “It was from good, long, hard intelligence gathering from Gitmo detainees.”
Al-Libi, one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, was captured Saturday in Libya.
Questioning him aboard a U.S. warship in international waters is President Barack Obama’s answer to Bush administration detention policies he has vowed to end. Obama has sought to close Guantanamo and shift trials to U.S. civilian courts but has run into fierce resistance from Republicans and some Democrats.
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Haley names faith-and-family advisers
Gov. Nikki Haley’s re-election campaign Tuesday named 26 S.C. pro-family and abortion opponent leaders to what her campaign calls a faith-and-family coalition.
Coalition members will advise Republican Haley, who is seeking a second four-year term next year, on family issues. The group includes former S.C. GOP chairman Chad Connelly, Greenville County Council chairman Bob Taylor, S.C. Citizens for Life president Lisa Van Riper and Beaufort County Council vice chairman Stu Rodman.
Haley’s campaign earlier created a small-business coalition.
Ex-DHHS employee pleads guilty in data breach
A former employee at the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services has pleaded guilty in connection with a data breach from the agency.
Attorney General Alan Wilson said 38-year-old Christopher Lykes Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday in Richland County to four counts of willful examination of private records by a public employee and one count of criminal conspiracy.
Lykes was indicted in February. Authorities said the agency project manager compiled more than 228,000 Medicaid patients’ personal information on a spreadsheet and sent it to his private email.
Lykes faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced later.
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