June 29th, 2014
03:04 PM ET
4 months ago

Controversy swirls over handling of Benghazi suspect Abu Khatallah

Washington (CNN) - During his two weeks aboard a ship to the United States, Ahmed Abu Khatallah was questioned by FBI interrogators over his alleged role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead.

As it turns out, he was interrogated both before and after authorities told him of his Miranda rights - which give him the right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination, a U.S. official told CNN.

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  1. Gurgyl

    What Miranda rights to terror groups? It is like give lea-way giving to corporate guys on contraceptive pills leaving general public just to cry on first Amendment leaving the principles of "Natural Justice" whereby corporation does not even stand closer to ACA Law proviso safeguarding women's right to such contraceptive rights. Untrustworthy congress needs to do more constructive than silly idiocies.

    June 30, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Greg In Arkansas

    The news media can Copy and paste..."Controversy swirls over handling of....(insert topic)" on a daily basis.
    Seems like there is a bogey-man lurking around every corner....bring on the Congressional hearings, appoint a "special prosecutor" ....let the circus begin

    June 30, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Not that anyone cares about what the teaklans and the Cuban water boy says, but don't the teaklans want Gitmo closed?
    Then we have ms lindsay whose favorite drink is mint tea with a splash of lemon while she sits on her southern home porch and who has never found anything the president does and not complain. He and McCain should retire together to one of those eight, or however many houses, McCain has.
    The Benghazi attack spawned political controversy because the teaklans in congress and across the US still haven't gotten over a Black man being our President for the last 5.5 years!

    June 30, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. smith

    @Marie-Did you pay attention to politics before 2009? Dirty politics is nothing new here. The only people making the potus skin color an issue is people like you. Your hate towards non-liberals has clouded your judgement and your ability to see issues in an unbiased way.

    June 30, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "I have serious concerns that conducting a rushed interrogation onboard a ship and then turning Abu Khatallah over to our civilian courts risks losing critical intelligence that could lead us to other terrorists or prevent future attacks"

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "We need to be an inhumane as possible here. Our societal values and the fundamental principles of justice upon which our country were founded stop at the line where I start peeing myself in fear. This man should be tortured at Gitmo and held there without representation, charges, trial or any sort of due process. Besides, he's brown for crying out loud."

    June 30, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. rs

    Typical Republican scare tactics. First, a suspect may be questioned right up until they invoke their right to an attorney, and the suspect didn't need Miranda Rights until they are in fact arrested (see: Gitmo). Second, our civilian courts have a far greater successful conviction rate on terrorism than our military ones. They successfully handled some very big terrorism cases- the first WTC bombing, the OKC bomber, etc.
    Given that Republicans just tried an American POW for desertion on FOX, and think Mr. Bundy's cop-shooters are "patriots" this would be hypocritical- if not so sad.

    June 30, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. rs

    smith

    @Marie-Did you pay attention to politics before 2009? Dirty politics is nothing new here. The only people making the potus skin color an issue is people like you. Your hate towards non-liberals has clouded your judgement and your ability to see issues in an unbiased way.
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    At the base of it, her observation is correct. Republicans demanded Gitmo be closed right up until the point Mr. Obama actually moved to do that. Proof? Remember Bush released 520 prisoners fro Gitmo? What do you think that was in preparation for? No, once again, the GOP was for it until they were against it. Here they are once again attempting to undermine our civilian court system in lieu of Gitmo- or worse. They certainly don't care about this man's civil liberties- they supported torture. Can you not see that Republicans today in fact stand for nothing more than obstruction?

    June 30, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. smith

    @rs-Your reply to my comment is nowhere near the point I was making about how the potus is being treated. Both sides pull the political mudslinging.

    June 30, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    smith says:
    June 30, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am
    @Marie-Did you pay attention to politics before 2009? Dirty politics is nothing new here. The only people making the potus skin color an issue is people like you. Your hate towards non-liberals has clouded your judgement and your ability to see issues in an unbiased way.

    Why do you always think people didn't pay attention to politics before 2009? You've accused me of the same thing. As for the POTUS' skin color having nothing to do with the way he is disrespected, please stop. It has everything to do with it. From him being called the Affirmative Action President to questioning his birth certificate to demanding to see his school transcripts. All so not so thinly veiled racism. Come on smith you act like you don't see the comments calling him a Kenyan and everything else this site allows him to be called. Please stop the faux indignation. No other POTUS in history has had Congress stand up and state they were not going to work with him. What was he too tall, too slim, too young or just too dark? Their envy shows daily.

    June 30, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. rs

    smith

    @rs-Your reply to my comment is nowhere near the point I was making about how the potus is being treated. Both sides pull the political mudslinging.
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    Quite correct- I'll try again.
    Bush in fact is by any metric is the worst President ever. It is appropriate to call him (and the GOP that placed our great nation in his hands) out for creating the disastrous mess that was his 8-year term. The Republicans by counter are blocking Obama on every front (with lies, faux controversies, and more-even when they agree with him) -without a hint of a coherent policy, program or logic and gravely damaging our nation-simply because they can. Yes, "mudslinging" is involved on both sides. One side however, has shown itself utterly incapable of leading our nation and her people- because they prefer the game of politics at any cost over real leadership- a crime far higher than almost anyone I can imagine.

    June 30, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. smith

    @Sniffit-Oh yes, darn that Obama for signing into law the NDAA which takes away a persons right to due process.

    June 30, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. smith

    @Wake up-If you had followed politics before 2009 you would realize that past presidents have been treated the same way with disrespect. Even Obama has stated that the GOP opposition to his policies has nothing to do with his race. Do you have any evidence that GOP politician to against Obama because of his race?

    June 30, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |