If there was ever a reason for the death penalty, it’s this kind of case: terrorist mass murder, including the murder of an ambassador.
But no. Apparently this horrific crime doesn’t warrant the death penalty. But maybe that’s the Obama gang’s point, because if this scumbag doesn’t get the death penalty, why should anyone else?
Don’t forget– Obama finally decided he couldn’t put it off any longer we grabbed this one guy two years after the attack, when many more were obviously involved. Obama also managed to make sure this freak gets constitutional protections. Because, you know, be a terrorist and you’ll win the lottery of getting all the benefits of American citizenry!
This, of course, also sends a message to our Islamist enemies: even we don;t think what you did to us in Benghazi is worth our harshest punishment. Once again, as though we either provoked the attack or deserved it. It’s also perhaps a message from Obama, that while he regrets having to hold the scumbag responsible, he’s making sure he doesn’t face the full measure of the law.
Every day I don’t think Obama can go any lower, but he always manages to surprise me.
Nearly two years after the dramatic capture of the chief suspect in the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, the Justice Department announced it would not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khatallah.
The government’s announcement Tuesday was contained in a one-sentence filing in U.S. district court here.
“After reviewing the case information and consulting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the attorney general has determined that the Justice Department will not seek the death penalty,” Justice spokeswoman Emily Pierce said later. “The department is committed to ensuring that the defendant is held accountable for his alleged role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission and annex in Benghazi that killed four Americans and seriously injured two others, and if convicted, he faces a sentence of up to life in prison.”
Among the four killed was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Khatallah, charged in an 18-count indictment, is awaiting trial. His attorney, Michelle Peterson, declined to comment.
U.S. special forces captured the Libyan militant at his home just south of Benghazi in 2014 and whisked him to a U.S. Navy ship stationed in the region for questioning prior to his transfer to the U.S.