(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – KRMG obtained a statement from U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), after the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatalla.
Federal investigators say Khatalla is a senior leader of the foreign terrorist organization Ansar al-Sharia.
U.S. Special Forces captured Khatalla over the weekend for his suspected role in the attack on Benghazi on September 11, 2012, that killed four Americans.
Sen. Inhofe says, "Once again the President has made the wrong decision on how our nation should be handling terrorists that are a threat to Americans and our national security.”
President Barack Obama says Khattala will face "the full weight of the American justice system" in a U.S. courtroom.
Inhofe says, “Instead of holding Khattala at Guantanamo Bay, where he can be properly interrogated for intelligence, it appears Khattala will be transferred to civilian custody at which time he will receive the same Constitutional due process rights as any American citizen.”
The Pentagon says Khattala is being held somewhere outside of Libya and will soon transfer to the U.S.
“The President is more focused on his legacy of closing Guantanamo Bay than preventing future terrorist attacks like what happened in Benghazi that took the lives of four American heroes."