The U.S. capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, suspected of leading the 2012 attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, sparked renewed debate over the issue of prosecuting terror suspects in civilian or military court.
“The [Obama] administration’s policy is clear on this issue,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden, according to the Washington Post. “We have not added a single person to the [Guantanamo] population since President Obama took office, and we have had substantial success delivering swift justice to terrorists throughout our federal court system.” The government plans a federal trial for the suspect in Washington, D.C.
Republicans contended Abu Khattala should be held and tried at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “Obviously he should be put on trial. I’d bring him to Guantanamo. Where else can you take him to?” contended Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, according to a separate Post article.