Benghazi Terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala Acquitted of Murder

 In opinion, Politics

Ahmed Abu Khattala was found not guilty of murder in the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, but was convicted on terrorism charges. Of the 18 original charges against him, the federal jury found him guilty of only 4. He was acquitted of the most serious charges, and now faces only a 60 year prison sentence for the lesser ones. The lesser charges included: maliciously destroying American property and carrying a semi-automatic weapon during a crime of violence.

Using criminal charges against terrorists is ridiculous.

The previous administration granted a foreign war combatant rights under the US Constitution. While some media claimed that it proved that civilian courts could handle terrorism cases, it actually proves the opposite. The result is a mixed verdict by people who have never been in combat and don’t have a clue. Benghazi was war – it occurred in Libya, and was the product of combat action…it should never have been tried in a civilian court. Period.

Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Douherty  deserved better.

Only two options for terrorists: Gitmo or a bullet to the head

Tyrone Woods father called the verdict “outrageous” and a “miscarriage of justice.” Other family members of those killed in the attack are said to be “outraged.”

Kris Paronto, one of the contractors who fought in the 13 hour battle, said that he was “disgusted” and stated that it should never have been in a criminal court.  He said he didn’t testify because at best it should have been tried by a military tribunal.

“To allow a terrorist to have due process and to be covered under our Constitution is completely ridiculous…It’s why I didn’t testify because I thought it was a sideshow. In the best case he should have had a military tribunal. In my case, the extraction team should have put a bullet in his head…” Kris Paronto

Paronto also took issue with the term “mastermind,” saying that was a term cooked up by the Obama administration to make Benghazi go away. He stated that Khattala was there, he took up arms, he participated in the deaths of Sean Smith and Ambassador Stevens, but he was just a “middleman.”


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