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REPORT: Al-Qaida, Gitmo Alum Involved in Deadly Embassy Attack


The deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that killed four Americans was directly tied to al-Qaida and involved a former detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison, intelligence sources told Fox News.

The information comes as a top Obama White House official described the assault for the first time as a “terrorist attack” — and Republican lawmakers intensified their questioning of administration officials on security issues and whether consulate security personnel had communicated with extremists before the attack occurred.

The White House has long claimed the assault had been a “spontaneous” act.

“Yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy,” Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said on Wednesday during a Senate hearing, Fox reports.

But Olsen echoed administration colleagues in saying U.S. officials have no specific intelligence about “significant advanced planning or coordination” for the attack.

His statement, however, goes beyond White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, saying the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate was spontaneous.

Olsen is the first top White House official to call the strike an act of terrorism, Fox reports.

Intelligence sources told Fox that Sufyan Ben Qumu is thought to have been involved — and even may have led the Benghazi attack, which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Qumu, a Libyan, was released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2007 and transferred into Libyan custody on the condition that he is kept in jail. His Guantanamo files also show he has ties to the financiers behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Olson, repeating Wednesday that the FBI is handling the Benghazi investigation, also acknowledged the attack could lead back to al-Qaida and its affiliates.

“We are looking at indications that individuals involved in the attack may have had connections to al-Qaida or al-Qaida’s affiliates, in particular al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb,” he said at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Fox reports.

“The facts that we have now indicate that this was an opportunistic attack on our embassy, the attack began and evolved and escalated over several hours,” Olson said, according to Fox.

But Olsen sidestepped a question from Maine Sen. Susan Collins about whether communication had occurred between extremist elements and the local consulate guards, Reuters reports.

“I think that would be better addressed in the session that we’re going to have tomorrow,” Olsen told the Republican senator, Reuters reports. U.S. officials said the possibility of such collusion is part of their investigation.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are to brief lawmakers in a closed session on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday that they agreed with Libyan officials who said the attack was preplanned.

“You don’t bring rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons to spontaneous demonstrations,” Arizona Sen. John McCain told Reuters.

“I think it was a preplanned event to have occurred probably on 9/11,” Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee chairman, told Reuters. “It seemed well-coordinated.”

He described the assault as an “al Qaida-style attack.”

There was command-and-control on the ground, with initial reports showing clearly that the attackers were moving toward specific targets on the compound, Rogers said.

“They had objectives. They had targets they were working toward. They were using military-style movements,” he told Reuters. “I just look at that and think I don’t know how you say that that wasn’t a pre-planned event when you have that kind of coordination.”

Obama administration officials say U.S. intelligence agencies had not seen any warnings to indicate the consulate was going to be attacked.

In fact, Press Secretary Carney said earlier on Wednesday that there was still “no evidence of a preplanned or pre-meditated attack,” which occurred on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

“I made that clear last week, Ambassador Rice made that clear Sunday,” Carney said at the daily White House press briefing.

Rice appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and four other morning talk shows to say the attack was “spontaneous” and was sparked by an early protest that day outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, over an anti-Islamic video.

“It was a reaction to a video that had nothing to do with the United States,” Rice told Fox on Sunday. “The best information and the best assessment we have today is that this was not a pre-planned, pre-meditated attack. What happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo.”

That account clashed with claims by the Libyan president that the attack was in fact premeditated, Fox reports.

Other sources, including an intelligence source in Libya who spoke to Fox on Wednesday, have echoed those claims. The intelligence source even said that, contrary to the suggestion by the Obama administration, no major protest in Benghazi occurred before the deadly attack at the U.S. consulate.

A U.S. official did not dispute the claim, Fox reports.

Meanwhile, other new details emerged on security arrangements at the Benghazi consulate, Reuters reports. Five civilian American security officers were stationed at the consulate, congressional aides said on condition of anonymity.

The State Department said it had contracted with a private security firm, U.K.-based Blue Mountain Group, to hire Libyan nationals to carry out security measures at the Benghazi consulate. Their jobs included operating metal detectors and sweeping cars for explosives.

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers also pressed their questions on U.S. security arrangements in a region where weapons, including sophisticated arms looted from arsenals assembled by the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, were widely available.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard McKeon said he was “really concerned about the lack of support that the ambassador had, the lack of protection.”

“We had no military personnel there” in Benghazi, McKeon said after a closed-door briefing from Pentagon officials, Reuters reports.

He said this was “inconceivable” after an attack on the compound earlier in the year.

Clinton defended the security arrangements earlier this week.

“Let me assure you that our security in Benghazi included a unit of host government security forces, as well as a local guard force of the kind that we rely on in many places around the world,” she said on Tuesday.

Also on Wednesday, FBI investigators arrived in Libya after an initial delay over security concerns. The investigation team should reach Benghazi before the end of the week, U.S. officials said.

Their goal is to determine what happened on the ground and who was responsible.

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NOT A PLANNED SNUB??…


President Obama Set to Meet Muslim Brotherhood, Snubs Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
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President Obama invited Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi to meet him in New York next week, right after publicly snubbing a request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with him and discuss the escalating crisis over a nuclear Iran. The Egyptian president’s invitation follows upon repeated protests at the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

The initial protest at the Cairo embassy began on the eleven-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and led to the compound’s breach. An official U.S. flag was confiscated and burned. Renewed clashes with Egyptian protesters have led to more American flag burnings and the firing of tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Oddly enough, several protesters spotted at the Cairo embassy were wearing Guy Fawkes masks, which are popular with members of anarcho-socialist movements. It should be noted that the Muslim Brotherhood is an organization that can be justifiably described as a blending of socialist and Islamist traditions.

Even though the political situation in Egypt is fluid, President Obama forgave a billion dollars owed to the U.S. by the Egyptian government and guaranteed a billion dollar infrastructure loan for the country. A recent intelligence report disclosing increasingly closer ties between Egypt and Iran is a red flag that all effective military aid to the country should undergo further State Department review.
The reaction of the Cairo embassy has been a cause for concern for the Obama administration, which has separated itself from the besieged embassy’s public relations campaign. The Cairo embassy originally condemned “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

The embassy’s seemingly sympathetic missive was posted in reference to a widely panned movie criticizing Muslims made by an American filmmaker. The Egyptian President Morsi is now pushing for the Egyptian embassy in Washington to take legal action against the producers of the “Innocence of Muslims” film, as the country’s official news agency MENA reported.

It was not the first time that the embassy had apologized for the free speech behavior of American citizens. Earlier, the embassy condemned the burning of a Koran in Florida. Ironically, the burning of an official American flag on our sovereign territory is yet to be condemned by the embassy or the administration. This should not be a surprise from an embassy that spent $40,000 buying copies of Barack Obama’s book Dreams from my Father.

Meanwhile, a row has developed over the attack of the Benghazi, Libya consulate, which led to the murder of a U.S. ambassador and several civilians. One of the first public responses to the attacks by the Obama campaign was to condemn presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The presidential campaign and the complicit mainstream media have gone on an offensive against Mitt Romney in order to provide a smokescreen for the apparent failure of Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

On September 11th, for example, the same day as the Egyptian and Libyan protests, the President praised the “Arab Spring.” In Obama’s Cairo address to the Muslim World delivered early on in his presidency, he said “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” The president also said that America and Islam “share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

President Obama later assisted with the rise to power of Mohammad Morsi when he pressured Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak out of power following the Tahrir Square uprisings as one flower of the Arab Spring. Martial law was declared shortly thereafter, and a struggle between the pro-Mubarak military and Islamist parties for a democratically elected parliament and presidency took place. The Muslim Brotherhood eventually gained a plurality of seats in the parliament and its president Mohammad Morsi installed in power.

Many political observers predicted that this would be the end result of removing Mubarak from power. The Obama administration’s now-obvious affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood follows upon a much-ridiculed request by Michele Bachmann to look into improper ties with the Islamist organization within the State Department and other national security agencies. These requests for a more thorough investigation into the matter should be taken much more seriously than they have been thus far.

In the big picture, Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East region, and the Obama administration has demonstrated a noticeable chill towards the tiny Jewish state. So much for being a champion of the underdog.

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UPDATE: Ambassador Steven’s…Libya


The State Department admitted that the Ambassador and an information management officer – an ex-US Air Force veteran – were killed. Foreign media reported two US Marines also were killed.

The website for gateway pundit carries video images of US Ambassador Stevens’ body being dragged through the streets of Benghazi by his Muslims miscreant murderers. All mainstream US media failed to report that the Muslim miscreants not only killed the US ambassador, they defiled his body.

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