U.S. forces working with the FBI captured a key suspect in the deadly 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Libyan militia leader Ahmed abu Khattalah was captured over the weekend, officials said. It is the first arrest and detention by the United States in connection with the Benghazi attack.
Abu Khattalah will be brought to the United States to face charges "in the coming days," said Edward Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council.
Abu Khattalah, who faces three federal criminal charges, will be tried in U.S. courts, said Attorney General Eric Holder.
Imagine that. We didn't have to invade Libya or effect regime change or bomb the bejeezus out of anyone to get the guy, we nailed him with special forces and the FBI. Detective work and human intelligence. You know, actual police work. Conservatives of course are absolutely horrified.
Speaking on Fox News’ Outnumbered just moments after news broke that the United States had captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, Kennedy mused, “you have a former Secretary of State who is in the middle of a high profile book tour, I think this is convenient for her to shift the talking points to some of the things she has been discussing.”
The sentiment — that Obama timed Khattala’s capture for political benefit — was quickly echoed by other conservatives. Rory Cooper, an aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, tweeted, “While it’s great to see they caught the Benghazi suspect, it’s important to remember, he wasn’t really hiding."
How far Kennedy has fallen since her days with Kurt Loder at MTV News, on and Eric, shut it, you got fired. But seriously, we captured the guy to help Hillary in 2016? Conducting military operations to help your party's political prospects is something a Republican would do, sure. Pretty sure President Obama wanted to get the bad guy. Like he did with Bin Laden. You know, after Bush failed to do so for seven years.
And speaking of Republicans who have no idea how the universe actually works, Huckleberry Graham walked right into the jet intake again today.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) raised questions about how the administration plans to deal with Khatallah, arguing he should be held as a prisoner of war in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, rather than brought into the federal criminal justice system.
“He should be going to Gitmo and be held as an enemy combatant,” Graham said. “And it would be the biggest mistake for the ages to read this guy his Miranda rights.”
Graham said he’s concerned Khatallah is being held on a ship, but said that “at the end of the day, I’m glad we captured somebody.”
“I hope that person can provide us good intelligence,” he said. “We should have some quality time with this guy — weeks and months. Don’t torture him, but have some quality time with him.”
Yeah, let's just illegally detain him without due process for the rest of his natural life. That's a great idea, which is why Barack Obama is president and Lindsey Graham is a meatball with legs.
They're just mad that Obama beat them again, like they've been for the last six years.