A federal court just cleared a Libyan militant who allegedly played a role in the killing of four Americans at the Libyan consulate.
Although the militant was convicted on several accounts, these excluded “14 others, including murder.”
The infamous 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, led to the deaths of four Americans: U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Patrick Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
Per Fox News:
Ahmed Abu Khattala, 46, was convicted by a federal jury on four counts, including providing material support for terrorism and destroying property and placing lives in jeopardy at the U.S. compound, but acquitted on 14 others, including murder.
Woods’ father reacted to the verdict:
Tyrone Woods’ father, Charles, told Fox News the verdict was “outrageous,” and compared Khatalla to a getaway driver who is “just as guilty as the robber who kills the bank teller.”
“I am very bothered by the fact the U.S. government gave constitutional rights and due process rights to a foreign national who allegedly killed Americans outside the U.S.,” Woods added. “This is what bothered me from the very beginning.”
Smith’s mother, Pat Smith, also responded:
“I think the people who bear responsibility — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — aren’t even touched,” said Smith, who has repeatedly criticized Clinton for her response to the deadly attack. This past September, she told Fox News that Clinton “still has not called me” despite promising to do so and accused the former secretary of state and the State Department of ignoring her requests for more information.
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“I am his mother. He was 34 years old, but he was still my baby,” Smith said at the time. “I know what the government thinks of me, and I think just that much of the government – it stinks. This is how you get treated by the government, or, at least the way you used to.”
Washington Post reports CIA Director Mike Pompeo expressed his own sentiment after hearing the court’s decision:
In an email to CIA employees on Tuesday, the agency’s director, Mike Pompeo, called the conviction “a small measure of justice.”
“It took intelligence to find him, soldiers to assist in capturing him, law enforcement to interview him, and a legal team to put him away. [Abu Khattala’s] sentencing is to follow; but no term in prison will bring our people back.”