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Sunday, September 23, 2012

US Outsourced Benghazi Consulate Security to the Muslim Brotherhood

What is most remarkable about the Benghazi killings, 12 days after the fact, is the country is yet to hear from an eye witness despite reports that the consulate had a staff of 37. It was reported shortly after the attack that the staff had been evacuated to the embassy in Tripoli where apparently they have little interest in speaking with the press. The FBI supposedly is conducting its investigation of the Benghazi attack in the security of Tripoli and one might suspect they have given the surviving staff the usual warnings about not talking about the details of an ongoing investigation, at least until after the election.

What could they say that would be damaging to the Obama administration? Well, for one thing they might make the point that their security had been entrusted to the Muslim Brotherhood. If that is indeed the truth than what could have possibly gone wrong?

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.

UN Ambassador Susan Rice tried to sell the notion that the two former navy SEAL's that died in the attack were the body guards of Ambassador Chris Stevens but now that assertion is widely dismissed by everyone outside the administration. The consulate was dependant for security upon indigenous militia groups and The February 17 Brigade appears to be the prime group and the Brigade is suspect among Libyan politicians.

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 Telegraph did track down an eye witness who was wounded in the attack. The witness was one of an unarmed five-man squad employed by Blue Mountain security. He contradicts Rice's claim that there was a demonstration proceeding the attack but states as the attack began ; "There was a national security (police) car outside - when we heard shooting we then heard the car switch on its engine and speed up the road."

Maybe the guard's statement is not factual. Maybe the national security police where just fleeing out of sense of self preservation or maybe the security police were given the orders to stand down. What is certain is the fact that the American public is being kept from learning the truth by the Obama Administration.

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