Breaking: First criminal charges filed over Benghazi attack

posted at 4:41 pm on August 6, 2013 by Allahpundit

Eleven months later, here we go. Good enough for government work, no?

Federal agents and prosecutors investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi have filed charges against Ahmed Khattalah, leader of a Libyan militia that officials believe was involved in the assault, people briefed on the investigation said. The charges under seal are the first criminal counts to emerge from the probe…

People close to the case say the investigation has moved significantly in recent months. The initial charges are filed in a complaint in New York, according to the people briefed on the matter…

With the anniversary of the attack looming, the Justice Department has come under criticism for the lack of public progress in the case…

None of the sources would discuss the precise charges against Khattalah in the sealed complaint.

Thank CNN for making this happen, seriously. Khattalah has been embarrassing the White House for the better part of year, happily chirping to western media that he’s free as a bird despite fingers having been pointed at him as a possible ringleader of the attack since last October. The straw that likely broke the camel’s back, though, was CNN airing its own interview with Khattalah just last week — while taking care to emphasize that, although the feds allegedly had never approached him, they had no trouble getting him to sit down for a two-hour interview. That’s one “smart power” humiliation too far. Between that and Thursday’s bombshell about the CIA’s mysterious activities in Benghazi during the attack, the White House had to do something. The closer we get to the anniversary of the attack, the more nakedly political the charges would look; why not act now, while most of the public’s distracted by the big Al Qaeda terror threat in Yemen?

Here’s the CNN segment with Khattalah that lit a fire under the feds’ asses. Now that charges have been filed, I can only assume that an operation’s being planned to go in and grab him. Remember, according to a splashy AP piece back in May, the White House had held off on killing or capturing the Benghazi suspects because they didn’t have enough evidence yet to bring them to trial. Now, presumably, they do. Expect some news about an arrest sometime soon, a welcome distraction for O from the news of embassies closing out of fear of terrorism. Exit question: Who’s going to grab Khattalah? The Libyan government, which risks jihadi reprisals if it takes the lead on this, or Uncle Sam?

Update: Almost forgot — CNN’s airing a one-hour special on Benghazi this very evening. And here we are, mid-afternoon, with an important late-breaking update to make it look like the feds are on the case. See what happens when non-Fox networks turn up the heat on Hopenchange?


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Call me when Hillary and Obama are charged.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

And Jarrett, who we learned recently gave the stand down order that night…

dogsoldier on August 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM

so has CNN become part of the right wing republican party? Does this mean i have to watch them now? And didn’t CNN just recently change CEO’s?

phatfawzi on August 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM

dogsoldier on August 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM

crickets….

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM

crickets….

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I know, huh? I’ll make a bet CNN doesn’t mention that. I’ll bet they never ask where Zero was that night. Or why the didn’t let the C130 lift off from Tripoli or the 30 CIA operatives at Benghazi selling SAMS to we know not who.

Yeah they’ll be all over that!

dogsoldier on August 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Yeah, charge some ferener who if even caught the ACLU and the other Libs will automatically demand his release because his rights weren’t read.

Saw the headline and I was expecting some Americans…silly me.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

And Jarrett, who we learned recently gave the stand down order that night…

dogsoldier on August 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Well unlike Alexander Haig I guess Valerie really is in charge. Funny thing though I can’t remember her name anywhere on my ballot and I can’t find her listed in any chain of command.

Oldnuke on August 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Phony charges.

hillsoftx on August 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Just a phony scandal./

vcferlita on August 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

And Jarrett, who we learned recently gave the stand down order that night…

dogsoldier on August 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I read the article addressing this and I do believe it’s entirely plausible along with “the video did it” being her idea, too, all just to cover the covert arms trading in Benghazi and to minimize the notion of the resurgence of al Qaeda.

Do you think the stand down order can really be hung on Jarrett’s neck and stay there?

gracie on August 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

dogsoldier on August 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

for sure

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Since the dirtbag has been charged, does that mean that he can’t be targeted and killed without a trial?

justltl on August 6, 2013 at 7:59 PM

If so, does it then establish a precedent that terrorists have to be treated as criminals rather than enemy combatants?

justltl on August 6, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Sooo… now you can file charges in a phony scandal? Wow! Prezy Kickass swings into action by filing some charges. I’ll bet these annoyances er, man-caused-disaster-makers are quaking in fear right now. Behold jihadiis – the power of the Won!

In other news, Jay Carny acknowledges that charges were filed in a case that happened along time ago and we are moving on. Follow up in… er, never.

ghostwalker1 on August 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

I’ve suspected that this filthy administration has been trying to treat terrorists as criminals rather than as enemy combatants, thereby taking military action of the table.

I don’t trust these vermin to ever do anything other than attempt to hamstring the U.S. in the war on terror. Or in anything else for that matter.

justltl on August 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Breaking: First criminal charges filed over Benghazi attack

When I vsaw this headline I thought you meant against the White House, State department or CIA. Back to square one.

MaiDee on August 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Clearly, CNN is racist.

ghostwalker1 on August 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Did the IRS provide the list of people to be charged?

Timothy S. Carlson on August 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Clearly, CNN is racist.

ghostwalker1 on August 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Sorry, halfway through, CNN seems to be pulling its punches.

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

All the way through, CNN had redefined trying to hold Obama’s administration accountable is political revenge.

What a crock.

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Sorry, halfway through, CNN seems to be pulling its punches.

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

OK, CNN is clearly half racist. And trying to cover for the Administration while acting as though they are trying to get to the truth of Benghazi. Surprise.

ghostwalker1 on August 6, 2013 at 11:21 PM

and the headline is a lie

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (C) is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers in Cerritos, California September 15, 2012 (Reuters / Bret Hartman)

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula wants the world to see the truth.
Charles Johnson at The Daily Caller reported:

In an exclusive interview following his supervised release from prison, the filmmaker behind “Innocence of Muslims” told The Daily Caller that he “has no regrets” and promises more films and books about Islam.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is the only person who has been imprisoned in the aftermath of the organized Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which the ambassador and three other Americans were killed.

Aggie95 on August 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

I don’t even know what to say anymore.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Last is First on August 7, 2013 at 3:02 AM

War is not “crime”.

Obama is not sane.

profitsbeard on August 7, 2013 at 3:38 AM

Do you think the stand down order can really be hung on Jarrett’s neck and stay there?

gracie on August 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I do. But Issa is not going to pursue it or he’ll do it in slow motion. No one knows where Zero was that night or they aren’t talking.

Was he engaged in some activity that prevented him from performing his job? I dunno. We do know that he mysteriously wasn’t there and he left some responsibility with Panetta, who wouldn’t take a bio break without permission.

Yeah, I think it was Jarret and I think she can be caught, tried and convicted.

dogsoldier on August 7, 2013 at 6:07 AM

…another WHITE HOUSE leak…this time of a ‘sealed’ endictment.

Snowden is shaking his head in Russia right now. It is amazing how the White house can’t (won’t) release documents regarding Fast & Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the 4th Amendment violation of spying on us all, and more….but when they need to try to show Obama in a positive light they (illegally) release all kinds of information.

I don’t give Obama credit for anything regarding this story. He has said they couldn’t find this guy for almost a year & 2 news organizations found him by a pool and conducted 2 interviews with him. The man who vowed to make smeone pay for the 4 deaths in Benghazi was FORCED to do this. The only 2 people I am concerned with regarding holding someone accountable for Benghazi is Obama and Hillary! They are the ones who should be held accountable!

easyt65 on August 7, 2013 at 6:56 AM

This is a distraction. My reaction is a big so what.

Too little too late. The terrorists do what terrorists do. Eliminaate them. It’s those who allowed the attack to be successful by decreasing security that should be criminally charged.

Besides, who are the accused going to turn themselve in to? Anyone local and they would get a pat on the back.

TerryW on August 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

I just read a short news report stating / opining Speaker of the House Boehner KNEW about the CIA-Syrian gun-running Op out of Benghazi and that is why HE is also trying to ‘slow walk’ the investigation…..anyone tgot anything else that would help confirm or kill this ‘report’?

easyt65 on August 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I wonder if the Arab League gave Obama permission to prosecute one of their boys. I kind of doubt Obama will allow a trial. Everything will get exposed.

Buddahpundit on August 7, 2013 at 3:48 PM

CNN is off the reservation, now, forcing the administration to issue a phony indictment that they don’t intend to collect on.

Maybe they will drone CNN to put a stop to this.

virgo on August 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM

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