Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Quote [and helpful, unobvious suggestion] of the day

"I expect the administration to give our military professionals time to properly gather any useful intelligence he has.”
John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, referring to the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, suspected of leading the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in which U.S. ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi. From this article in The New York Times.

Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have predictably suggested that Abu Khattala should be sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sen. Patrick Leahy's reaction to that suggestion -- "Oh for God's sake" -- is runner-up for today's Quote of the Day. Second runner-up is Sen. Ted Cruz, who observed that Abu Khattala "belongs in Guantanamo and in the military justice system, not in the U.S. civilian court system with the constitutional protections afforded U.S. citizens." (Aside from the conclusion, there are two big errors in that comment. Can you spot them?)

Update: Abu Khattala will be tried in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, which issued a warrant for his arrest last year.

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