Apr 23 2015
Contact: Kevin Bishop (864) 250-1417 or Lorcan Connick (202) 224-5972
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made these statements on the death of American citizen Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto who were captured and held hostage by al-Qaeda. Graham also commented on the death of Adam Gadahn and Ahmed Farouq, American citizens who joined al-Qaeda.
On the Deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Mr. Weinstein and Mr. Lo Porto. While I do not yet know all the details, I do believe al-Qaeda should and will bear ultimate responsibility for the death of these two innocent men.”
On the Deaths of Adam Gadahn and Ahmed Farouq, American Citizens Who Joined Al-Qaeda:
“Gadahn and Farouq, two American citizens who joined al-Qaeda, got what they deserved.
“Gadahn served as a chief spokesman for al-Qaeda while Farouq was a top-level operative in the organization.
“Based upon their direct and material support for al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups, both men were subject to being killed or captured under the Law of War. Any American citizen who joins al-Qaeda or affiliated terrorist groups are subject to being killed under the Law of War. A decision to join groups like al-Qaeda or affiliated terrorist organizations is made at one’s own peril.”