In 2009, Warsame trained and fought with the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab in Somalia.
Over the last two years, Warsame has provided support and training to al-Qaida in Yemen.
Since the day that President Obama signed the Executive Orders to direct the closure of the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and end the Central Intelligence Agency's enhanced interrogation program, Senate Republicans have been asking the administration what would be done with an unlawful enemy combatant captured overseas in a place other than Iraq or Afghanistan.
At one point former CIA Director Leon Panetta speculated that if Osama bin Laden had been captured alive he would have been sent to Guantanamo.
Over time, it became clear that the administration did not have a policy in place that could address this circumstance.
And so without a straight answer, we were left in the dark on how this administration would handle an enemy combatant captured overseas.
Finally, after waiting 18 months we have our answer.
As was disclosed yesterday, Warsame has been in military custody for months, during which time he has been interrogated by various law enforcement agencies.
However, now he has been read his Miranda rights. Why?
Why is a man, who is a known terrorist and enemy of the United States, being afforded these protections?
And now, he is in the hands of the civilian authorities and will be given all the rights accorded to a U.S. Citizen in a civilian court.
It’s astonishing that this administration is determined to give foreign fighters all the rights and privileges of U.S. citizens regardless of where they are captured.
In the case of Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, two enemy combats who fought and killed U.S. soldiers in Iraq, they were captured in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and are now awaiting trial in a Bowling Green courtroom, a decision being summarily condemned by Kentuckians and most of their elected leaders from both parties, and at the state and federal levels.
And now Warsame, an enemy combatant with ties to al-Qaeda who was captured overseas and detained by the military for months, is now in the United States awaiting trial as a civilian criminal suspect.
It is not necessary to bring or continue to harbor these terrorists within the United States. The infrastructure is already in place to handle these dangerous individuals at Guantanamo.
However, it has become abundantly clear that the Administration has no intention of utilizing Guantanamo unless an enemy combatant is already being held there.
Instead, the administration has purposefully imported a terrorist into the U.S. and is providing him all the rights of U.S. citizens in court. This ideological rigidity being displayed by the Administration is harming the national security of the United States of America.
Alwan, Hammadi, Warsame, and all future foreign enemy combatants belong in Guantanamo. They do not deserve the same rights and privileges as Americans.
The administration’s actions are inexplicable, create unnecessary risks here at home, and do nothing to increase the security of the United States.