US Captures The Banghazi Killings Mastermind (And Scapegoat): Meet Ahmed Abu Khatallah

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With Hillary Clinton still plagued by relentless confrontations about her role in the Benghazi fiasco, which apparently are "making a difference", and certainly distracting from Obama's otherwise impeccable domestic (and foreign) reign, it was about time the US finally exposed a much more "appropriate" scapegoat for the public anger surrounding the events in Libya on September 11, 2011. Which is precisely what it did earlier today, when it was revealed not only who it believes the "mastermind" of the Benghazi attack is, but that the person in question, Ahmed Khatallah, had been captured.

As the just unsealed attached criminal complaint reveals, Khatallah was charged with i) Killing a Person in the course of an attack on a Federal Facility, ii) Providing, Attempting and Conspiring to Provide material support to terrorists, and iii) Discharging, Using and Carrying a Firearm During a Crime of Violence.

As Time further reports, the suspect was captured during a covert raid in Libya. Time adds, unnecessarily, that this capture "gives a welcome foreign policy victory for the Obama Administration."

U.S. special forces and law enforcement personnel apprehended Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a senior leader of the militant group Ansar al-Shari’a, on Sunday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said.


“He is in U.S. custody in a secure location outside of Libya,” Kirby said. “There were no civilian casualties related to this operation, and all U.S. personnel involved in the operation have safely departed Libya.”


American officials wouldn’t yet say where Khatallah will be transferred to, though he is expected to be turned over to law enforcement for trial in the United States in the coming days. The Department of Justice filed criminal charges against Khatallah in a sealed indictment in federal court last year.

In what is now a periodic tactic for the administration (recall the "murder" of Osama coming at yet another sensitive moments for the president), Obama was quick to chime in:

“The United States has an unwavering commitment to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans,” Obama said in a statement. “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. 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.”


“This individual will now face the full weight of the American justice system,” Obama said.

What is perhaps more curious is why it took Obama nearly two years to find a person who was openly living in Libya after the attacks, and in fact gave interviews several interviews with TIME magazine in 2012, but with AP in October 2013:

The Libyan militant accused by Washington in the killing of the U.S. ambassador told The Associated Press on Monday he's not worried about being next on the list for capture by the Americans after the U.S. commando raid that spirited a senior al-Qaida suspect out of Tripoli.


Ahmed Abu Khattala's confidence reflects the power that Islamic militants have grown to wield in Libya since the 2011 ouster of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. Militia groups, some of them inspired by al-Qaida, operated with virtual impunity in the country, with the central government too weak to take action against them.


Now many of the groups are furious over Saturday's U.S. special forces raid that captured Abu Anas al-Libi, wanted by the Americans for more than a decade over the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa. Some have hinted at retaliation at U.S. and other foreign interests and have lashed out at the government, accusing it of colluding with Washington.


"We only fear God," Abu Khattala told AP by telephone from Benghazi, when asked if he is concerned he too could be snatched. Abu Khattala lives openly in the city, despite the indictment against him in a U.S. court over the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. He denies any role in the attack.

And with the NYT, where we read the following pearl:

Witnesses and the authorities have called Ahmed Abu Khattala one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission here. But just days after President Obama reasserted his vow to bring those responsible to justice, Mr. Abu Khattala spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments.


Libya’s fledgling national army is a “national chicken,” Mr. Abu Khattala said, using an Arabic rhyme. Asked who should take responsibility for apprehending the mission’s attackers, he smirked at the idea that the weak Libyan government could possibly do it. And he accused the leaders of the United States of “playing with the emotions of the American people” and “using the consulate attack just to gather votes for their elections.”


Mr. Abu Khattala’s defiance — no authority has even questioned him about the attack, he said, and he has no plans to go into hiding — offered insight into the shadowy landscape of the self-formed militias that have come to constitute the only source of social order in Libya since the fall of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.


Although Mr. Abu Khattala said he was not a member of Al Qaeda, he declared he would be proud to be associated with Al Qaeda’s puritanical zeal for Islamic law. And he said that the United States had its own foreign policy to blame for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Why is the United States always trying to impose its ideology on everyone else?” he asked. “Why is it always trying to use force to implement its agendas?”

Perhaps this is a good question to ask whatever country the US is "liberating" right now - Iraq comes to mind.

Time adds that Khatallah  denied allegations that he spearheaded the attack, saying that it had erupted spontaneously out of street demonstrations. “The attack came from the people,” Khatallah said. “I don’t support the attack on American diplomats in Libya,” he added, “but if Americans get involved in Libyan issues they need to watch out what they are going to get.”

He may well be right. However, all that matters for now is that the public anger is deflected from Hillary and redirected to yet another middle easterner.

For the time being, however, any attempts to read the attached Affidavit from case 13-mj-00572, District of Columbia District Court, aka USA v. KHATALLAH, which was just unsealed, results in complete failure.

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TeamDepends's picture

This is the guy who made the video?

0b1knob's picture

"Morsi sent us..."  Statement of the kidnappers after they politely knocked on the door.

Pinto Currency's picture


Khatallah into the Gitmo memoryhole.

MisterMousePotato's picture

How can there be a "mastermind?" I thought Benghazi was a spontaneous demonstration about a video?!?

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

He was probably around the 3 of diamonds in the terrurist deck of cards

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

An aside, Jim Grant is talking about the Fed on CNBC right now, love this man

eatthebanksters's picture

I think the Dr. in a Pakistani jail found this guy for us...

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Khatallah should be sentenced to life in a 3-man cell with mates S. Rice and H. Clinton.

Mark Urbo's picture

Obama loses some IRS emails...

..but finds a Benghazi witness.

FilthyHabits's picture

Hold on everyone; I'm going to go take a shit.

Ok... I'm back.

It's official, pretty much everyone in congress / senate / white house and/or the CIA smells like shit.

War Pigs...

Arm Yourselves.

SAT 800's picture

"Everyone is crying out for Justice; just as soon as they get theirs"--  Moses Allison.

SAT 800's picture

thank God it was a lone madman; just like Oswald, you know?

McMolotov's picture

"How conveeenient." —The Church Lady

Shad_ow's picture

Unless Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Valerie Jarret are sitting in the cell with him it mean NOTHING.

Citxmech's picture

Apparently it was time to pull another one of the usual suspects out of the mothballs.

undercover brother's picture

hey hillary you stain, what difference does it make now?  none right?  everyone in US politics from obama on down is so freaking incompetent, they will just fuck it up somehow.  why on earth would they afford this guy miranda rights of a US citizen?   he's an enemy combatant and should be tried by military tribunal, then castrated and executed.  no virgins for you, bitch.  up yours eric holder you dim witted clown.  

Thought Processor's picture



Oh thank god, now we can find out what really happened during that whole shitstorm.



Dr. Engali's picture

Now that the scape goat has provided some cover for Shillary it's time for him to "throw" himself out a window while being interrogated.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Now that the scape goat has provided some cover for Shillary it's time for him to "throw" himself out a window while being interrogated.

...or die in a bizarre gardening accident like a drummer from Spinal Tap.

NotApplicable's picture

They might have to shoot him right as he is about to sign a confession, but decides to attack instead.

You just can't trust these shifty people.

SAT 800's picture

T he important thing is for his lawyer to coach him carefullly, "whatever you do, don't say --"I'm just a Patsy, I didn't kill anyone"-- cause that's like; magic man. you say that, and bang; you're going for a one way ride in an ambulance.

graneros's picture

Just place a nail gun next to an open window on the 100th floor and see which one they, I mean he, chooses.

Mark Urbo's picture

He will admit IT WAS the video before throwing himself out some window...

db51's picture

Wonder if they lost all of this GoatFuckers e-mails in that computer crash.   If so....he be walking right along with Lerner.  


LawsofPhysics's picture

This circus really is pretty damn predictable now.  Was the mastermind killed and "buried at sea" already, in "accordance with his/her religious beliefs"...

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Make him listen to the Kenyan's speeches! He'll be begging for the Water Board!

101 years and counting's picture

wake me when we "capture" both clintons, jamie, lloyd, buffet, bernank and the fat cow and charge em with treason against the US.  until then, i really dont care about any of this.

notadouche's picture

You're like a blind man walking around without a cane, can't you see those are the folks that have you, the citizen "imprisoned" already. 

NOZZLE's picture

"Welcome Foriegn Policy Victory"  I can just imagine these NYC Fudge Packers high fiving each other in a news room someplace and then going home for some bottom time.

Is this the proverbial ham sandwich.  $10 says the clown they pinched is some bearded borderline retard who happened to be caught on some dronecam with a rock in his hand or was fingered by someone higher up the foodchain.

JRobby's picture

We got em'. Next case.

tony wilson's picture

hey stan check the rollodex for a beard

ok he will do

thats are man

we got him

all over again


usa usa

Joebloinvestor's picture

Just like clockwork, they pull a rabbit out of the hat to deflect from the IRS and VA shit.

The problem will be when this fool says he doesn't know of any FUCKING VIDEO and Americans are fucking stupid to swallow the Obama administration horseshit.

Maybe he has evidence of the weapon sales to.

undercover brother's picture

mostly just the ass-kisser mainstream media outlets like cnn, abc, nbc, cbs, cnbc, msnbc and al jazeera!

jackstraw001's picture

No, just the opposite.  After a few days in custody (and a guarantee of easy time at a Club Fed-type facility for terrorists), this guy will suddenly claim that the WHOLE BENGHAZI ASSAULT was a result of the blasphemous video and give Obama and Clinton cover.  Makes me fucking sick to my stomach.   

ejmoosa's picture

Fox News has a reporter who sat down with this guy five weeks after 9/11.  They had sodas and talked about Benghazi.


So what took nearly 21 months for the US government to locate him?


This feels like they are just throwing the masses some meat until the NCAA and Nfl kick off for the fall seasons.

MathWins's picture

Captured just in time to help bail Hillary out of her disastorous book tour....

DanDaley's picture

Yeah, they got this guy, but why isn't Hissyfit Hillary on that ship too.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Is this guy related to Al Kyda #1 who was killed 50+ times?

madcows's picture
Biden's presidential speech: Ahmed Abu Khatallah is dead, and General Motors is alive!
ConManipulation's picture

Just as the CNN Poll comes out that most Americans are disgusted by Hillary's actions /inactions that permitted the Benghazi murders, they capture the "mastermind"...what a coincidence!

And wow oh wow, now CNN even gets to tell the world about her reaction to his capture!  What a wonderful day for the world!!


From:CNN Breaking News []
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton reacts to capture of Benghazi suspect: Live on CNN at 5 p.m. ET.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said today that the U.S. military and law enforcement personnel captured Ahmed abu Khattalah on Sunday, and that he is in U.S. custody outside of Libya.

Abu Khattalah faces federal terrorism-related charges in the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. citizens died.

SAT 800's picture

Every time I see her face I see a mil-dot reticle and start automatically wind estimating; damn that training never does away, it's like riding a bicycle.

fingulas's picture

Who cares?  What difference does it make?

VladLenin's picture

A major foreign policy victory by President CVNT... I hope they got this guy briefed well, he's holding onto a lot of interesting information I bet and it isn't "Well I was chowing down on some sharma and then THAT video was published..."

rtalcott's picture

Book 'em Danno...Murder 1!

madcows's picture

I'm sure the Kenyan will trade him along with a number of other high level Gitmo's in exchange for assistance in driving up the price of oil.  Oh, and he'll get their solemn oath that they won't do it again.


Uncle Remus's picture

Ahmed and Hitlery in a cage match.


And the Barack Obama "If You Like Your..." comedy/bring-out-your-dead tour rolls on.

Ghostdog's picture

Reminds me of this with Eric Idle playing the role of the Ahmed Khatallah and Hillary as the constable.....