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October 02, 2012

Suspect In Benghazi Attack Was Freed From Egyptian Prison After Obama Demanded Mubarak Vacate His Throne Immediately;
Administration Ignored Repeated Attacks in Benghazi, and Repeated Warnings To Consulate Security

Taking the second headline first: Wired's Danger Room reports on a long string of Al Qaeda-like attacks on Western interests (including the consulate itself) in Benghazi in the months leading up to the deadly attack. And Obama seems to have been the only person not anticipating an attack:

As Danger Room first reported, the U.S. military never protected the Benghazi outpost. That job was instead left to a small British private security firm, named Blue Mountain, that was paid $783,000 for it efforts. In the weeks leading up to the September 11 assault, the unarmed Libyan guards employed by Blue Mountain Group were “warned by their family members to quit their jobs… because there were rumors in the community of an impending attack,” Issa and Chaffetz write. There were no smoke-protection masks or fire extinguishers, so consulate staff couldn’t put out the flames once the place started to burn. A source tells Fox News that the only protective equipment stationed at the consulate were a few video cameras.

All this despite an April 11 battle — which included antiaircraft guns and RPGs — that erupted just two-and-a-half miles from the consulate. Fifteen days after that, an American Foreign Service Officer had to be pulled out of a firefight by members of a local militia, the February 17 Brigade.

Just a few weeks later a militant group launched RPG attacks at a Red Cross office in the vicinity of the consulate. The group then updated its Facebook page to read:

“We didn’t want to hurt the Christians; it is just a warning. Now we are preparing a message for the Americans.”

When Jake Tapper asked the White House if consulate staffers had asked for increased security prior to the attack, the White House said "No comment."

Issa and Chaffetz wrote:

“[M]ultiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 (2012) attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these requests by officials in Washington.”

Jay Carney's response? Same crap they keep saying.

“I’m not going to get into a situation under review by the State Department and the FBI,” Carney said.

Well that's convenient.

What level of naivete is required to blow off serious threats to US personnel? Who denies a request for more security in a roiling Al Qaeda town?

The Administration denied, Chris Stevens died.

A suspect in the attacks is one Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad. He seems to have been released as part of that Arab Spring that Obama was once so crazy about.

Fighters linked to one freed militant, Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad, took part in the Sept. 11 attack on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya that killed four Americans, U.S. officials believe based on initial reports. Intelligence reports suggest that some of the attackers trained at camps he established in the Libyan Desert, a former U.S. official said. …

On returning to Egypt in the 1990s, a former U.S. official said, Mr. Ahmad became head of the operational wing of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which was then headed by Ayman al-Zawahiri, a physician who is now the chief of al Qaeda. Associates of Mr. Ahmad agree he was part of Egyptian Islamic Jihad but say he wasn’t among its leaders....

So this guy is a disciple of Zawahiri, and a day before the attacks Zawahiri called for "vengeance" for the death of an Al Qaeda operative there.

And he was sprung from prison, it seems, in an effort to appease the Muslim Brotherhood -- which now controls Egypt, and which is pressuring Obama to release the Blind Sheikh who masterminded the 1993 WTC bombing.

Despite Nina Totenberg chuckling off this murder/terrorism cover-up business, it does appear the Administration is covering up a case of colossal negligence and incompetence.

FoxNews' report on the suspect Abu Ahamad:

Via @johnekdahl

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