A number of Republican lawmakers are criticizing President Barack Obama’s Administration for bringing a Somali terror suspect to the United States.
Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was captured on April 19 in the Horn of Africa region, possibly in Yemen, and was held on a U.S. warship until this past weekend when he was sent to New York to face a civilian trial, reports Fox News. Warsame has ties to al-Shabaab, a group connected to al-Qaida.
Warsame was arraigned in New York on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to nine charges.
Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said that the Administration’s decision regarding Warsame was flawed.
“The Obama administration won’t detain terrorists at a military facility in Guantanamo Bay, but they have no problem with a naval ship off the coast of Africa,” he said. “Their policy toward detainees lacks common sense.”
Representative Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said that it was “unacceptable” that the Administration acted “unilaterally” without consulting Congress.
The transfer “directly contradicts Congressional intent and the will of the American people,” he said.
The Washington Times reports that officials said that Warsame gave up important information regarding al-Qaida in Yemen during interrogations on the Navy vessel.