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May 21, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Despite the fact that the Obama administration regularly strike at terrorists with lethal drone hits in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the White House is reportedly not rounding up five suspects identified in the Benghazi attack because of a lack of evidence to try them in civilian court.

The Associated Press cites officials who said there is enough evidence to seize the men as enemy combatants and send them to Guantanamo Bay.

But apparently the Obama administration wants civilian trials for anyone involved in the Benghazi attack and has sent the FBI back to collect more evidence, which could be challenging in a more tumultuous Libya today.

From the AP:

The decision not to seize the men militarily underscores the White House aim to move away from hunting terrorists as enemy combatants and holding them at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The preference is toward a process in which most are apprehended and tried by the countries where they are living or arrested by the U.S. with the host country’s cooperation and tried in the U.S. criminal justice system. Using military force to detain the men might also harm fledgling relations with Libya and other post-Arab-Spring governments with whom the U.S. is trying to build partnerships to hunt al-Qaida as the organization expands throughout the region.

A senior administration official said the FBI has identified a number of individuals that it believes have information or may have been involved, and is considering options to bring those responsible to justice. But taking action in remote eastern Libya would be difficult. America’s relationship with Libya would be weighed as part of those options, the official said, speaking only on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the effort publicly.

…The FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies identified the men through contacts in Libya and by monitoring their communications. They are thought to be members of Ansar al-Shariah, the Libyan militia group whose fighters were seen near the U.S. diplomatic facility prior to the violence.

In March, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) estimated that drone strikes have killed about 4,700, including some senior members of al-Qaeda.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The failure to apprehend the miscreants for an ideological reason is typical of the incoherence that happens when the Progressive fantasy world makes contact with reality. In their fantasy world, the terror threat is no big deal, just a bunch of individual criminals out for a spree, and can be dealt with by civilian police force. In the real world, the terrorists are armed with heavy military style and organized with a command structure like a militia, can hide in places the civilian police forces cannot pursue, and the circumstances in the field often make gathering evidence under the strict standards of U.S. Criminal proceedings next to impossible. So the Progs re stymied and really don't seem to comprehend why.
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They do not want to capture them, because then they would talk. The kidnapping theory starts to look more credible with this.
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Well, we do know a few things here: 1) the "Government of Libya" has a writ that runs approximately to the city limits of Tripoli; 2) we can put a drone in the air anywhere in Africa at any time; and, 3) if a drone can find you we can kill you. We don't seem to do a lot of hand wringing about ruffling the feathers of the governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Yemen. Why worry about the joke that calls itself the "Government of Libya?"
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The Cole bombers have never been brought to justice either. They've even been offered up to us and the progs say let them go. What's up with that?
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Would obama act differently if he is muslim?
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What's wrong with killing them?
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The failure to apprehend the miscreants for an ideological reason is typical of the incoherence that happens when the Progressive fantasy world makes contact with reality. In their fantasy world, the terror threat is no big deal, just a bunch of individual criminals out for a spree, and can be dealt with by civilian police force. In the real world, the terrorists are armed with heavy military style and organized with a command structure like a militia, can hide in places the civilian police forces cannot pursue, and the circumstances in the field often make gathering evidence under the strict standards of U.S. Criminal proceedings next to impossible. So the Progs re stymied and really don't seem to comprehend why.
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The attackers were former collaborators of the administration who turned on us. If they bring them in that will come out.
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Oh Bridget, I'm flummoxed. I had thought to accuse you of having given birth to a bouncing baby verb. But I was so wrong.

But your blurb says:

"Not enough evidence for civilian court, officials say - but it's OK to drone terror suspects elsewhere."

So the blurb writer and at least one commenter are guilty instead. Still, a verb seen must be discharged!

'To Drone' is now a verb.
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If "drill" can be a noun or a verb. If "hammer" can be a noun or a verb. If "screw" can be a .......... forget it.
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Gitmo was constructed for Americas enemies; those like obummer !
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More Orwellian bureaucratic, politically tangled up, administrative, busy, busy, busy .....Bull Sh*t.

Only, we're not making this up.... we're living it on a daily basis.

Don't we as a Nation have a limit to B.S.?
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Apparently not.
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So much for Obama's vow to hunt down the individuals responsible for the Ben Ghazi attack, and punish them.

Another meaningless promise, if anybody's keeping score.
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So drone them? Dear Liar seems singularly uninterested in getting these guys, even though he's aggressive in going after other terrorists.
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Yeah - like Fox News reporters.....
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They do not want to capture them, because then they would talk. The kidnapping theory starts to look more credible with this.
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