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Magarief conceded that Ansar al-Sharia’s leadership was divided, but insisted members of that militia had still taken part in the assassination. The group itself has disavowed any involvement, but an eyewitness claims he saw the group’s black flag being carried by some of the attackers. He also claims he saw one man fire a rocket-propelled grenade into the consulate’s grounds, and another shooting an AK-47 at the gate of the compound.
Magarief’s assertion was buttressed by the fact that al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) celebrated the attacks over the weekend and called for more of them. “What has happened is a great event and these efforts should come together in one goal, to expel the embassies of America from the lands of the Muslims,” AQAP said. And like Zawahiri, AQAP also linked the killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi to the attack.
According to The Australian, the investigation of Stevens’ murder “appears woefully slow.” They note that American drones are circling over Benghazi, but the crime scene itself has yet to be secured. Magarief revealed that, as of yesterday, FBI investigators had yet to arrive and the only arrests made so far were of four “low-level” participants.
Late yesterday afternoon Fox News, citing an “intelligence source on the ground in Libya,” also poked a hole in the administration’s “spontaneous” demonstration narrative. “There was no protest and the attacks were not spontaneous,” the source said, adding the attack “was planned and had nothing to do with the movie.” This story apparently corroborates an account published September 13th by McClatchy Newspapers. They interviewed a man who claimed to be a Libyan security guard posted at the American consulate when it came under attack. Hospitalized with shrapnel and a bullet wound arising from the conflict, the guard said the area was quiet–“there wasn’t a single ant outside” is how he put it–until about 9:30, at which point armed men stormed the compound. He further contended that there was no warning an attack was imminent.
Unfortunately, this seems to be the most accurate information garnered by American news organizations to date. The foreign media referenced above have seemingly done a far better job ferreting out the real story. Perhaps that is because last Friday, State Department spokeswoman Victorian Nuland made it clear no further information would be released by the Obama administration until the investigation is complete. “I’m going to frustrate all of you, infinitely, by telling you that now that we have an open FBI investigation on the death of these four Americans, we are not going to be in a position to talk at all about what the U.S. government may or may not be learning about how any of this this happened–not who they were, not how it happened, not what happened to Ambassador Stevens, not any of it–until the Justice Department is ready to talk about the investigation,” she told reporters. “So I’m going to send to the FBI for those kinds of questions and they’re probably not going to talk to you about it,” she added.
On the other hand, the usual media suspects can still be counted on to support the Obama administration’s effort to scapegoat a film and, by extension, filmmaker Nikoula Nikoula, for the failure of its Middle East policies. In that regard, CNN reached a new low yesterday. They not only published a picture of Nikoula, who has taken great pains to hide his identity due to death threats from Islamic terrorists, but personal information about him as well. In addition, CNN editorialized that the video itself would be “Oscar worthy, if HATEFUL were a category.”
It is within the context of this odious narrative, fostered by an administration with an almost pathological aversion to taking any responsibility whatsoever for its mistakes, that any “investigation” into the deaths of four Americans in Libya will proceed. And since there is nothing about this incident that remotely accrues to the interests of this president or his administration, Americans should expect that nothing in the way of relevant information will be disseminated before the election–if it is ever disseminated at all. On the other hand, the possibility of great irony arises: if any information reaches the public, it will likely be the result of leaks from inside the White House. An administration that has demonstrated a great appetite for “spiking the football” when it suits them deserves nothing less.
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