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US Govt. critics slam delayed interrogation of Bali nightclub bombing suspect


April 13, 2011 - Washington

Obama administration critics have slammed the government for delaying the interrogation of the Bali nightclub bombing suspect, Umar Patek, captured in Pakistan after a tip off from the CIA.

Patek is the alleged facilitator of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing, in which 202 people, including several foreigners, were killed, and is considered as one of the world's most wanted terrorists.

Though Patek is one of the most valued detainees picked up under President Obama's watch, the White House has not disclosed any plans of questioning the alleged terrorist yet.

"I don't have anything to say in response to that from here," Fox News quoted White House Spokesman Jay Carney as saying.

Critics of the Obama Administration say 'an opportunity to gain real time intelligence is being lost for good.'

"This guy survived in a sanctuary in the Philippines for almost a decade," said Marc Thiessen, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of the book Courting Disaster.

ANI

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