Jill Stein Says She Would Not Have Killed Osama Bin Laden

Jill Stein / AP
• September 12, 2016 12:19 pm


Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said on the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that she would not have ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Stein told reporters in Iowa on Sunday that she would have instead captured bin Laden and brought him to trial in the United States, according to the Des Moines Register.

"I think assassinations … they’re against international law to start with and to that effect, I think I would not have assassinated Osama bin Laden," Stein said.

Bin Laden, who founded al Qaeda and was deemed the mastermind behind the devastating 9/11 attacks, was shot and killed by U.S. special forces during a May 2011 raid in Pakistan. The terrorist attacks, which brought down the World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon, and downed a passenger plane in rural Pennsylvania, killed nearly 3,000 people.

Stein said the attacks "provided a pretext for the wrong wars, which have only gotten us into more trouble." She delivered her remarks while speaking at a rally outside of the Iowa State Capitol.

Stein called Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton "war mongers" and has previously called for significant cuts to military spending so that funds can be reallocated to domestic programs.

"I think all evidence certainly points to bin Laden, but the 9/11 attackers had assistance and funding and bin Laden had assistance and funding," she said. "What we should have done is declare this a crime against humanity and pursued it, pursued the attackers and gotten the intelligence about who was behind this."

Instead of waging war in Afghanistan, she said she would have taken a "targeted" approach to pursuing terrorists and bringing them to justice.

Stein is currently polling at two percent nationally, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday.