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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Burning Down the House

 All I want is to be left alone
in my average home;
But why do I always feel
like I'm in the Twilight Zone? 
--Somebody's Watching Me,

Confidential information
It's in a diary
This is my investigation 
It's not a public inquiry 
--Private Investigations,
Dire Straits

The United States Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was destroyed on 11 September 2012. U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other were killed in the attack. The alleged leader of the attack, Ahmed Abu Khatalluh, was captured by a squad of U.S. commmados, law enforcement and intelligence agents on 17 June 2014.

Khatalluh was taken to an undisclosed location, and then-Attorney General Eric Holder assured us that the prisoner would be tried in federal court. November 5 -- 16 months hence -- and no trial has come of this capture.

So what is happening at the highest levels of U.S. Justice to bring Khatalluh to the open courts of the U.S. federal justice system, as we have been promised? On 3 August 2015, the Associated Press reported that Khatallah's defense team petitioned the court to have the case dismissed; no further motions on the case have been reported.

The U.S. spends billions of dollars on intel and covert operations, going halfway 'round the world to capture those deemed to be terrorists, and then what happens? One thing we do no do is to bring them to justice.

If Khatalluh is responsible for these U.S. deaths, then bring him to trial, as required by law. Why do we not have the satisfaction of seeing high level threats like Katalluh neutralized in transparent federal court trials? Why is everything a secret?

Murder is a capital offense. Do we no longer believe in the efficacy of the federal court system to mete out justice after a crime has been committed?

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Blogger Ael said...

Hmm, they have charged him and are now working their way through the pre-trial motions. Are they deliberately stalling this process, or does it normally take months/years to work through for complicated cases? I don't know much about the federal criminal legal process.

It took the Boston Bomber 20 months to go from charge to trial, so things appear to be in plausible range.

Friday, November 6, 2015 at 9:41:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger jo6pac said...

Murder a capital offence.

They should first arrest most of the Amerikan govt. Then worry about minor players.
Just saying.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 5:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There have been a few reports posted on the internet that the so-called U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate in Benghazi was, in reality, nothing more than a CIA safe house being used to coordinate the transfer of weapons from Libya to the so-called Syrian rebels. If my memory wasn't so bad, I would post the links here ... that said, anyone interested might try a Google search incorporating Jim Stone Freelance with other key words.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 12:55:00 AM GMT-5  

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