WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), who serves as a member of both the defense authorizing and appropriations committees, released the following statement today in response to the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, who has been wanted for the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012:
“The effort that went into capturing this suspect is a great example of what American forces can do when they’re allowed to do their job.
“The next step is that we need to get every bit of information we can from this terrorist and enemy of the United States and its citizens.
“This suspect is an enemy combatant, and trying him in the United States as if he had the protective rights of an American citizen would be a mistake.”