Editor’s Note – Is their any doubt this was planned? On 9/11 no less – its hard not to connect the dots.
Now that the fog is clearing, we know much more about the events of the last 36 hours. From the initial attack on the US Embassy in Egypt, to the well coordinated attack where Ambassador Stevens was killed in Benghazi, to new strife in Tunisia, and more strife again tonight in Cairo. It is safe to assume it was all planned. The problem is, this may just be the beginning.
There are now plans for even more protests on Friday – likely across the globe at US installations everywhere – all sites are now targets and many embassies elsewhere are on the highest alert status.
SUA has learned from Syrian contacts that all of this is master-minded by Tehran in part to place the seed of doubt about the Sunnis revolting in Syria being tied to al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood to support Assad, to muddy the waters across the entire Muslim world.
The chess master has made his moves again. It is also tied to an effort to get back at the USA for drone strikes, the death of the al Qaeda Egyptian leader’s Lieutenant in June, but it was not tied to some video in Florida, that was a ruse/excuse; rather it was a video by al Qaeda that was the message to begin the assaults.
Meanwhile Egyptian President Morsi just returned from Iran’s non-aligned country conference, and has been strangely silent about the events in Cairo. Additionally, there is a lot of speculation that the normal Egyptian security that regularly defends our consulate there was missing.
That consulate has seen many demonstrations, why was this one undefended by the host country as they always did in the past?
All of this is tied together and a thorough examination of it all will emerge soon – suffice it to say, this is not over, and with Israel rattling sabers, it seems inevitable.
In this campaign season – all bets are off. Tonight, it is now being reported that at least 50 Marines in a “FAST” force are in Libya where two US destroyers are now on the coast.
See a photo montage of the Benghazi attack site here.
WASHINGTON – Intelligence experts and U.S. government officials are starting to view the attack in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi as a coordinated attack.
Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., went as far Wednesday to say the attack had all the hallmarks of al-Qaida.
“This was a coordinated attack, more of a commando style event. It had both coordinated fire, direct fire, indirect fire,” Rogers said following an intelligence briefing on Capitol Hill.
Other sources, including officials at the Pentagon and the State Department, are also discussing the possibility that it was a planned operation, and some say several developments support the possibility.
The incident does not appear to be a random mob scene, but rather an opportunity that militants seized, sources say. The attackers used a rocket-propelled grenade, a weapon not traditionally carried by protesters, but commonly used by terrorists.
The attack is believed to have come in two waves. The first wave got inside of the compound, and a second wave penetrated a secure location inside the building. This development raises questions about how the attackers knew the location of that secure facility, sources say.
On Sept. 11, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri put out a video eulogizing Abu Yahya al-Libi, an Islamist terrorist and high-ranking al-Qaida member, who was killed in a drone attack in June. Sources have said they believe the Libyan incident might have been revenge for the death of al-Libi.
The embassy was housed in a local building that had been contracted temporarily. It was not an “Inman” compound, which is a building designed with certain security protocols, such as “standoff” distances between the public street and the actual facility.
Fred Burton, a former diplomatic security agent at the State Department, says it is the host country’s responsibility to provide adequate security for all diplomats inside their country.
“One of the more problematic events that you can ever deal with is a large mob that overtakes a facility,” Burton says. “You never see that in the U.S. simply because we have adequate police presence and can set up perimeters and keep rolling out the resources to counter that kind of event taking place.”
Burton was one of the first diplomatic security agents to staff the diplomatic security service when it began. He was one of the first agents to go to Libya to investigate hijackings of planes and kidnappings of westerners in the early 1980s.
Burton says it is unclear where Stevens was killed.
“Was he killed coming back to the mission or was he trying to exit the mission? Was he trying to exit the safe house that’s now into play? There are a lot of unknown factors here,” he says.
“You may have had a situation that deteriorated so rapidly that a snap decision was made to load up the ambassador, and ‘Let’s get the hell out of dodge,’ and they just vacated and ran into a situation where you had a perimeter set up and RPGs were fired into the limo as it was departing,” he says.
The president has ratcheted up security at embassies worldwide because of the incident.