June 18 - Details are emerging about the capture of the alleged mastermind of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the interrogation he is likely undergoing while on board a U.S. naval ship. Mana Rabiee reports.
That's the USS New York. An amphibious transport ship built with nearly 8 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in her bow. She's sailing from Libya and holding valuable cargo. Ahmed Abu Khatallah. The alleged mastermind of the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee reacted to news of his capture. SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA) / SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE "Well I want to congratulate everyone for this capture. I think it's a very important capture. I think he should be questioned and is being questioned. I believe he should be prosecuted in a civilian federal court in this country, and hopefully he will be willing to provide more information because he is not the only one." Khatallah was grabbed on the outskirts of Benghazi by U.S. special operations forces. President Obama said he authorized the operation on Sunday. A U.S. official says Khatallah will likely undergo questioning by an elite interrogation team. It was created in 2009 to secure information from suspects to prevent future terror attacks. Khatallah will also be charged and prosecuted in the U.S. court system. Not through the military tribunal system at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. That troubles Republican lawmakers, who say the move could hamper efforts to interrogate him for intelligence. SOUNDBITE: SEN. SAXBY CHAMBLISS (R-GA) / SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE VICE CHAIR "We're going to have more of these high-value targets that will be arrested from time to time. Gitmo is the perfect place to keep them." The criminal complaint for Khatallah accuses him of killing one person during an attack on a federal facility. It's unclear from the complaint alone which of the four victims in the Benghazi attack Khatallah is accused of killing. He's also accused of providing material support to terrorists and use of a fire arm during a crime of violence.