BLUF: The profile of extremist groups in Libya is, well, LIBYA! Even CBS reports that Ansar al-Sharia, an offshoot of al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack. Based on the long and inglorious history of islamist, liberation fronts, and other anti-legitimate -government groups have received training, arms, pay, and a place to hide in Libya, it is no shock that the entire country crawls with groups of terrorists. Literally, this place is an open sewer of terrorist scum and villainy.
What else do we need to know about the Islamic groups in Libya? We know that the nation has not been receiving overtly authorized funding from the US government. All assets that the US could reach had been frozen. We know that the administration left those men to die. We know the administration tried to minimize casualties in the attacker’s ranks by ordering the US Governmental security officers to lay down their guns. We know that the February 17th Brigade had the job of providing security at the US Embassy in Benghazi. We also know that the February 17th Brigade has a history with al Qaeda. They have even openly flown the al Qaeda black flag of jihad. We also know that classified information has been compromised. What many readers may not know is that classified information is classified to protect the sources. Some of the sources may be electronic while others may be from people. In any cases, as we saw when Carter revealed that information to Iran, those sources are removed. Being removed in the Middle East means that the person providing that information, having done so at grave personal risk, now watches all the women in his family get raped, tortured, and murdered. Then, the source watches the men in his family get the same thing. Finally, after being tortured and raped himself, he is also killed.
Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts (1)
Considering that there was also oil contracts information enclosed, it might have included projections of how many refineries are set to close in the US (currently we have 145, and the number is dropping) and who may have been in consideration to get the refining business. It may also have had information regarding who was to get agreements to drill in the US territories. This kind of insider information would be highly valuable to the right people who want to see the US lose more of our own wealth and power.
Let’s also consider the fact that insider attacks are common against the US in the Middle East. Afghanistan, almost daily attacks by terrorists working inside the security apparatchik
But other indications that the White House’s early narrative was faulty are also beginning to emerge. One current U.S. intelligence officer working on the investigation into the incident told The Daily Beast that the attackers had staked out and monitored the U.S. consulate in Benghazi before the attack, a move that suggests pre-planning (2).
For further Reading and Reference
Libya Shield Brigade -
About that Libya Shield Brigade which 1) fought under the black flag of al Qaeda during the February 17 Revolution, and 2) escorted the eight US Marines who arrived from Tripoli to aid the Benghazi consulate under attack on the night of 9/11/12.
Two Libya Shield Brigade leaders met with US diplomat(s) on September 9, a US embassy cable drafted by David C. McFarland, signed by Christopher Stevens and dispatched on September 11. (It was posted online by the House Oversight Committee.) This cable was first discussed in the Daily Beast on October 8 in a story recounting the fact that generic militia leaders had threatened to pull security from US interests in Benghazi, but it contains some interesting details not previously noted.
Just after the death of Kaddafi Libya Shield commander Wisam bin Hamid declared that “The Islamic shariah is a red line, we will not cede one rule of it, and Islam is the only law-giver and not [merely] the foundation [of the law].” So, by all means, Obama and Hillary left them in charge of security for our Embassy.
Here is the cable's Item 4 in toto:
Militia commanders discuss Muslim Brotherhood, Jibril, their political aspirations, the economy, and security: In a September 9 meeting, local area militia commanders Wissam bin Ahmed (Commander, Libya Shield 1) and Muhammad al-Gharabi (Commander, Rafa' al-Sahti Brigade, Libya Shield 2) discussed the very fluid relationships and blurry lines they say define membership in Benghazi-based brigades under the February 17, Libya Shield, and SSC umbrellas. They themselves were members of multiple brigades, they said. They debated -- hotly and without resolution -- about which brigades supported or opposed specific causes. They claimed to exercise "control" over Libyan Armed Forces Chief of Staff Yusef Mangoush who "depends" on them to secure eastern Libya. In times of crisis, Magoush has no other choice than to turn to their brigades for help, they said, as he did recently with unrest in Kufra. As part of this arrangement, Mangoush often provides the brigades direct of weapons and ammunition, they said.Al-Gharabi and bin-Ahmed support the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood's Justice and Construction Party backed candidate Minister of Electricity Awad Al Barasi for Prime Minister and they said that. if elected, Al Barasi would appoint Fawzi Bukatif, Commander of the February 17 Brigade, as Minister of Defense. Bukatif's appointment would open the MOD and other security ministries and offices to plum-appointments for his most favored brigade commanders -- giving February 17 and Libya Shield tacit control of the armed forces. They criticized the USG for "supporting" National Forces Alliance (NFA) leader and Prime Mininster Candidate Mahmoud Jibril. If Jibril wom, they said, they would not continue to guarantee security in Benghazi, a crtical function they asserted they were currently providing.Growing problem with security would discourage and led [sic] to persistent stagnation in eastern Libya, but the US could play a role by "pressuring" American business to in Benghazi.
We know from John Rosenthal's original story that Libya Shield fought under black flag of al Qaeda. Its leader Wissam bin Ahmed -- I've seen Libya Shield's commander spelled "bin Hamid";
seems to be the same guy UPDATE: An authoritative source
confirms that Libya Shield commander "bin Hamid" and "bin
Ahmed" are one and the same -- it bears repeating, is a supporter of rule
Moreover, according to Arabic-language Islamist websites, already in October 2011 – just days after the killing of Moammar al-Gadhafi –
Arabic sources report that bin Hamid commanded the rebel forces that besieged Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte and ultimately captured and killed him. Per a glowing of bin Hamid that appeared on the jihadist forum al-Fetn.com, he is a veteran of jihad in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The jihadist inclinations of bin Hamid and his Libya Shield forces are not unknown to the U.S. government. Indeed, a recent studyprepared by the research division of the Library of Congress links the Libya Shield Brigade to al-Qaida and even cites speculation that bin Hamid may be the leader of the al-Qaida network in Libya.
This man is not only meeting with American diplomats, he is providing security for them and threatening to withdraw security at the same time. Ansar al Sharia (Supporters of Sharia) may have spearheaded the 9/11 assault on the consulate, but bin Hamid's philosophy earns him at least honorary membership. A sharia supporter, a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, seemingly a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan -- on the OTHER side, it must be stressed -- and,according to US government research, possibly a leader of the AQ network in Libya, bin Hamid is quite a piece of work.
Why, oh why, is guarding American interests? Why was he even meeting with American diplomats? What were we doing in Benghazi? This is the result of the poisonous policy of "Arab Spring." Uncle Sam joined the jihad, and it exploded is his face.
It should be noted that news accounts make clear that the second-wave-attack on the secret annex did not occur until after Libya Shield, escorting the 8 Marines, arrived on the scene.
Diana West is the author of The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization. Her arttcle archive and blog are here.
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US Relied on Muslim Brotherhood for Benghazi Consulate Security
The more we learn about what happened in Benghazi, the clearer things become.
Two U.S. intelligence officials told The Daily Beast that the intelligence community is currently analyzing an intercept between a Libyan politician whose sympathies are with al Qaeda and the Libyan militia known as the February 17 Brigade—which had been charged with providing local security to the consulate. In the intercept, the Libyan politician apparently asks an officer in the brigade to have his men stand down for a pending attack—another piece of evidence implying the violence was planned in advance.
The Martyrs of the Feb. 17 Revolution Brigade is Islamistand linked with the Muslim Brotherhood. It was repeatedly accused of engaging in atrocities during and after the Libyan Civil War.
Many more-secular politicians in Libya are suspicious of Mr. Bukatef and his brigade because of their own Islamist reputation. He has been a member of Libya’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, and one of his group’s commanders reporting to him is Ismail al-Salabi, who leads a group of Islamist fighters and is the brother of Libya’s most prominent Islamist thinker, Ali al-Salabi.
The State Department puts its faith in the Islamists… and the Islamists repaid them the way they always do.
US security officers and the Libyan authorities did not call for help from any formal military or police force — there is none to speak of — but turned to the leader of another autonomous militia with its own Islamist ties.
‘‘We had to coordinate everything,’’ said that militia leader, Fawzi Bukatef, recalling a phone call about the attack that he received from the mission’s security team.
I’m sure there was a whole lot of coordinating going on.