Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali, is the first detainee known to have been secretly held by the Obama administration outside the criminal justice system.
A Somali militant linked to Al Qaeda was held and interrogated for two months on a U.S. Navy ship — the first publicly known example of the Obama administration secretly detaining a new terrorism suspect outside the criminal justice system.
This administration once again shows its complete inability to act in an adult, rational manner. Its obsession with treating terrorism as a law enforcement matter has unintended consequences.
The Bush administration’s policies for detention and (eventual trial by military commission) may not have been optimal solutions, but they had the benefit of being logical and relatively consistent, all while attempting to update domestic and international law to deal with the new reality of trans-national terrorist organizations engaging in what would once have been considered state-level warfare.