The department revealed its decision in a court filing that provided no explanation. His attorneys had been imploring the Justice Department to remove the death penalty as a possibility if Khattala is ultimately convicted at trial. Khattala, captured by U.S. special forces in Libya two years ago and brought to the U.S. aboard a Navy ship, has been awaiting trial in federal court in Washington in connection with the September 2012 violence at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi. Prosecutors have described him as a ringleader of the attacks, which quickly emerged as a political flashpoint and became the topic of congressional hearings involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the rampage. The 18-count indictment arises from a burst of violence that began the night of Sept. 11, 2012, at a State Department diplomatic compound, an attack prosecutors say was aimed at murdering American personnel and plundering maps, documents and other property from the post. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed, along with Sean Patrick Smith, a State Department information management officer. The U.S. DOJ sounds more in bed with the enemy anymore these days doesn't it. The United States DOJ should now be considered an enemy of the American people. Don't be surprised if the Obama team sends this Benghazi attacker off to Gitmo for a later release. What message are we sending our enemies when were not willing to seek the death penalty, on a man who took part in killing Americans overseas. Our enemies will only now think that we can attack Americans in the next year, without having to worry about being punished to the fullest extent of American law. Everyone from law enforcement to the United States military should only feel unsafe under a justice department who is unwilling to kill people who have killed Americans.