Under President George W. Bush, the CIA often questioned terrorist suspects in secret locations referred to as “black sites.”
These black sites were locations outside the U.S., and more importantly outside U.S. law, in countries such as Poland.
By holding suspects in black sites, the CIA was able to question and torture suspects over long periods of time without allowing them to speak to a lawyer.
After winning the 2008 election, President Obama closed the CIA black sites and banned torture.
In response, Republicans have pounded Obama for supposedly going soft on terrorist suspects and not questioning (or torturing) them enough, noted The Daily Orange.
According to the Associated Press, the Obama administration is interrogating terrorist suspects without torture aboard U.S. Navy ships in international waters, which are outside U.S. law.
This way, the U.S. is able to interrogate and prosecute terrorist suspects in U.S. civilian courts without being accused of torture, which many Republicans oppose.
Accused terrorist Abu Anas al-Libi was captured by the Army’s Delta Force on Saturday and is currently being held and interrogated aboard the USS San Antonio in international waters, two law enforcement officials told the Press.
However, Al-Libi has not been read the Miranda rights, which include the rights to remain silent and speak with an attorney.
Back in 2000, Al-Libi was indicted for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, but eluded capture under Presidents Clinton and Bush.
While Obama seems to have found a safe legal ground, the ACLU is objecting to the using military warships in international waters to question and hold enemy combatants.
“It appears to be an attempt to use assertion of law of war powers to avoid constraint and safeguards in the criminal justice system,” Hina Shamsi, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Unions, told the Press. “I am very troubled if this is the pattern that the administration is setting for itself.”