Some in Congress Argue for Military Trial for Benghazi Suspect

Posted June 18, 2014 at 6:19am

The New York Times reports that “conservative lawmakers on Tuesday sharply criticized the Obama administration’s decision to prosecute the suspected leader of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, in the civilian criminal justice system, arguing that he should be questioned and tried by the military.”  

“’The last thing we want is for this terrorist suspect to hear the statement, ‘You have the right to remain silent,’’ Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said in a statement. Mr. Graham said the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala, should be sent to the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.”  

“The attack on the American Mission in Benghazi — in which four Americans were killed, including the United States ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens — has been a contentious issue among Republicans. They have questioned the Obama administration’s handling of the attack and accused it of a cover-up.”