The breaking news this morning is U.S. captures Benghazi suspect. Over at the fact-free world of FAUX News where Benghazi! conspiracy theories reign supreme, this is the right-wing spin: Fox News Suggests Obama Captured Benghazi Suspect To Boost Hillary’s Book Tour. Oy! my head hurts.
There is an old lawyer joke, “Q: What do you call 100 lawyers at the bottom of a river? A: A good start.” This goes double for the batshit crazy insane conservative media entertainment complex. These craven propagandists are responsible for making a large portion of Americans functionally illiterate and paranoid delusionals. They are causing irreparable harm to Americans. The stupid, it burns.
Back to the Washington Post reporting, Secret raid took place over the weekend in Libya:
U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assaults has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.
The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.
Abu Khattala’s apprehension is a major victory for the Obama administration, which has been criticized for having failed so far to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attacks to justice.
In a statement issued by the White House, President Obama said that “with this operation, the United States has once again demonstrated that we will do whatever it takes to see that justice is done when people harm Americans.”
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The Washington Post learned about the capture Monday but agreed to a request from the White House to delay publication of a story because of security concerns.
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Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity about the still-secret operation, would not say where Abu Khattala was being held. They said he was “en route” to the United States but would not say when he was expected to arrive.
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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters after news of the capture broke that the administration had “been in touch with us for the last several days on this.”
“It’s good news,” Chambliss said. “He’s being interrogated right now.”
Officials who confirmed Abu Khattala’s capture declined to comment on whether others were apprehended with him, or to describe the specific military or law enforcement units that were involved.
So what about the Neocon three stooges, McCain, Graham and Ayotte (“Shemp”)? You know the media villagers are going to ask them for comment. Sure enough:
Initial comment from lawmakers, including Republicans, was positive. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted that he was “very pleased.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters it was “good news” that he was “very glad to hear.” McCain suggested that Abu Khattala be brought to Guantanamo. [But of course.]
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said that she was “pleased.” But she said she hoped that “rather than rushing to read him his Miranda rights and telling him he has the right to remain silent, I hope the administration will focus on collecting the intelligence necessary to prevent future attacks and to find other terrorists responsible for the Benghazi attacks.”
Administration officials released no initial details on the circumstances of Abu Khattala’s detention and interrogation.