'You Don't Give Animals Due Process': Benghazi Hero Furious Suspect Was Cleared of Murder Charges
Kris Paronto, one of the heroes of Benghazi, is "disgusted" that a Libyan militant was found guilty on just four of 18 charges related to the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
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 he was acquitted of murder.
"To allow a terrorist to have due process and to be covered under our Constitution is completely ridiculous," Paronto said on "America's Newsroom."
He said he didn't testify at the trial because he thought of it as a "sideshow."
"Khattala should have gotten a military tribunal, in his case at the very best. In my case, at the very best, the extraction team team should have put a bullet in his head," Paronto said. "This is ridiculous. It's a travesty"
He said this verdict means the families of the four victims of the attack still have not gotten closure or justice, and they are entitled to be outraged.
"You don't bring a terrorist and waste taxpayer money to give him a criminal trial. You put him in Gitmo, or you interrogate him and then you execute him. That's how you deal with terrorists," Paronto said.
"You don't give animals due process. And that's what terrorists are."
On "Outnumbered," Judge Andrew Napolitano responded to Paronto's remarks, pointing out that you can't "put a bullet in somebody's head" unless they are posing a lethal threat to you.
"For these guys, execution makes them a martyr. But being where he's going to go - which is a cell in Florence, Colorado, a windowless room 250 feet below the surface of the Earth - is the ultimate indignity and far more punitive," Napolitano said. "He'll be there for the rest of his life."
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