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June 17, 2014 - 9:46 am

President Obama said the capture of a suspect connected with the Sept. 11, 2012, consulate attack in Benghazi proves “the United States has an unwavering commitment to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans.”

“Since the deadly attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I have made it a priority to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “I recently authorized an operation in Libya to detain an individual charged for his role in these attacks, Ahmed Abu Khatallah. The fact that he is now in U.S. custody is a testament to the painstaking efforts of our military, law enforcement, and intelligence personnel.”

“Because of their courage and professionalism, this individual will now face the full weight of the American justice system.”

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said this morning that on Sunday the U.S. military “in cooperation with law enforcement personnel” captured Khatallah, a commander with Ansar al-Sharia. “He is in U.S. custody in a secure location outside of Libya.”

“There were no civilian casualties related to this operation, and all U.S. personnel involved in the operation have safely departed Libya,” Kirby added.

Khatallah was charged in July with playing a role in the attack.

Obama said that “even as we welcome the success of this operation, we also pause to remember the four Americans who gave their lives in Benghazi representing their country: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty.”

“As I said shortly after the attack, they exemplified the values that we stand for as a nation, including a commitment to freedom and justice. All Americans should be grateful for their service, just as we are grateful to all our personnel – civilian and military – who represent our country around the globe. We will continue to honor our fallen by carrying on their efforts in support of the Libyan people’s aspirations to live in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic society,” he continued.

“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. We will continue our efforts to bring to justice those who were responsible for the Benghazi attacks. We will remain vigilant against all acts of terrorism, and we will continue to prioritize the protection of our service-members and civilians overseas. We will also sustain our support for the Libyan people, as they work to overcome years of tyranny and do the difficult work of building a democracy.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said the news was welcome yet overdue, particularly as Khatallah wasn’t concealing himself.

“The U.S. military and intelligence personnel deserve great credit. This is overdue, considering that this individual has made himself available to multiple media outlets in the 19 months since the deaths of four Americans, including the first U.S. Ambassador killed in an attack since 1979,” Royce said. “I hope that this capture brings us closer to justice and accountability.  We should right now be getting from him as much intelligence as possible.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters it’s “obviously good news that this terrorist is now in American custody, and I am grateful for the work of our military — assisted by the FBI — in capturing him.”

“I look forward to hearing more details regarding the raid, and I expect the administration to give our military professionals time to properly gather any useful intelligence he has,” Boehner added.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran 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 is an NPR contributor and 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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They captured one of the many terrorists involved they captured him a year or more after the news media found some of the terrorists and this is considered good work?
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How can Khatallah be responsible?

I though all this was the result of a spontaneous demonstration due to a YouTube video?
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"Khatallah wasn’t concealing himself"

They kept him in place in order to use him as a trophy when the time seemed right.
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Obama is determined "to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans." We've "captured a suspect."

What is wrong with the mental defectives in the Obama administration? After the Pearl harbor attack, was there some congenital idiot in the White House saying, "We are determined to arrest Lieutenant Isoroku Nakijima," or some such name of a pilot who participated in the attack? It's sheer idiocy.

Obama is trying to minimize the scope of the atrocity, and he's trying to minimize his duty to retaliate. He didn't retaliate against al-Qaeda for the massacre. Even now, when there is a target-rich environment of al-Qaedas in iraq, he drools and plays with himself and says, "I won't bomb now, but maybe sometime in the future." Sure. Or maybe he wants ISIS to win.

He's a two-faced malicious half-wit, and he's trying to spread his imbecility to all the American people.
18 weeks ago
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This action in a day late and an a dollar short. The justice department will take over the prosecution and bungle it as usual. Only if he is taken to Guantanamo will we get justice.
18 weeks ago
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This is great news.
18 weeks ago
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Bullish. Obama had this guy grabbed because he was readily available so that he could recapture some of that ol' Osama-is-dead magic and defuse the Benghazi scandal. How could the poor schmuck know that he'd still be useful as an exhibit in a political sideshow. So that Obama could pat himself on the back and say "see? I got him!" "Benghazi is now officially history!"

Just wait till the floats and the gilded, wheeled cage are completed, then Khattalah will be marched at the head of Obama's Imperial Triumph down Pennsylvania Avenue. Maybe the Secret Service has been despatched to 20th Century Fox studios to fix up the old props from Liz & Dick's 1963 "Cleopatra" extravaganza.

Khatallah was living in plain sight, drinking tea in cafes and giving interviews. Capturing him didn't require the Nightstalkers or Delta Force commandos.
18 weeks ago
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How many ways are there to get "IRS Loses Lois Lerner's Email Files" headlines off the front page?

Well - this is one way - I wonder what President O'Shitforbrains will have in his back pocket next week when the next big load hits the proverbial fan.

18 weeks ago
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"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."

Uh, no.

"With this operation, the United States has once again demonstrated that we will do the absolute minimum necessary to claim justice was served while salvaging our pitiful little political careers."

There, I fixed it for you.
18 weeks ago
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"Now, every terrorist should be warned, that someday, some time, there will come a moment when the President of the united States needs a distraction from some scandal -- and then, we will act."
18 weeks ago
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If Obama is really looking for those responsible for the deaths in Benghazi he should try checking out the nearest mirror.
18 weeks ago
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What difference, at this point, does it make?
18 weeks ago
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Obama captures 1 terrorist for what? Killing Americans. Weren't the 5 top taliban terrorists that he released guilty of the same thing? One should not underestimate just how dumb Obama is.
18 weeks ago
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Not dumb. Just malign.

He was born to, raised by, educated, and mentored by anti-Americans. That's what he is.

Focus on the future: we need to get a GOP-dominated congress this November that can freeze this guy's agenda stone-cold until the clock runs out on his regime in 2017.
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When I want the White House transcript, I will visit its website, not PJM.
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