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Benghazi suspect: Enemy or criminal, or both, or neither?
Benghazi suspect: Enemy or criminal, or both, or neither?

The capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged ringleader of the 2012 attacks on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, has revived an old (and tedious) debate: Are figures such as Abu Khatallah “unlawful enemy combatants” or criminals? The answer, of course, is that they can be both — just as Certs is a breath mint and a candy mint. And sometimes they are neither. In defending his trading of five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, President Obama said, “You don’t do prisoner exchanges with your friends, you do ’em with your enemies.” That imples that members of the Taliban belong to a third category: prisoners of...

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