Released Gitmo Terrorist/US “Ally” May Have Been Involved in Benghazi Attack

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Abu Sufian bin Qumu was released under Bush, but he didn’t become a serious threat until under Obama, the Muslim Brotherhood “negotiated” the supposed shift of allegiance of Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) terrorists from Al Qaeda to the Brotherhood.

Gaddafi’s son, who had gotten his head turned around playing around with European liberals, stupidly went for it. The amnesty freed LIFG fighters who then went on to do all the predictable things.

Abu Sufian bin Qumu should not have been transferred to Libya. But once Libya began freeing LIFG terrorists, the end was near.

In the report, US investigators classified Qumu as a “medium to high” risk because he was “likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies”.

Qumu was imprisoned in Libya for ten years for alleged “murder, physical assault, armed assault and distributing narcotics”, but escaped in 1993 and fled to Afghanistan.

After fighting against the Russians during the war in Afghanistan, Qumu allegedly moved to Sudan, where he worked for a company belonging to Osama Bin Laden. He was captured in 2001 shortly after 9/11.

According to notes, the Libyan government considered the detainee a “dangerous man with no qualms about committing terrorist acts.”

As a measure of how detached from reality liberal foreign policy was, the New York Times wrote the following article in 2011 after Abu Sufian bin Qumu had become a “rebel leader”

Libyan, Once a Detainee, Is Now a U.S. Ally of Sorts

For more than five years, Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu was a prisoner at the Guantánamo Bay prison… Today, Mr. Qumu, 51, is a notable figure in the Libyan rebels’ fight to oust Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

The former enemy and prisoner of the United States is now an ally of sorts, a remarkable turnabout resulting from shifting American policies rather than any obvious change in Mr. Qumu.

That sums up the problem nicely. Obama illegally attacked Libya to implement regime change. And Qumu ended up in the driver’s seat.

Sufian bin Qumu leads a militia that flies the black flag of militant Islam. A former truck driver for Osama bin Laden who spent six years as a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Mr. Qumu says the Koran is the only constitution he knows. He insists that he will remain armed until Libya adopts a Taliban-style Islamic government.

There were reports for a while that Qumu was involved in the Benghazi attack. Those reports have now gotten stronger.

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee with Al Qaeda ties was in Benghazi the night of the Sept. 11 attack, according to a source on the ground in Libya.

The source told Fox News that ex-detainee Sufian bin Qumu, who is suspected of running camps in eastern Libya where some of the assailants trained, is also a “respected member” of Ansar al-Sharia — one of the Islamist groups identified in State Department email traffic two hours after the attack…

Before he was promoted to U.S. ambassador to Libya in May 2012, Stevens served as CDA, or “Charge de Affairs,” at the embassy in Tripoli. In 2008 cables, Stevens noted that he and his team from the politics and economic section of the embassy were visiting prisons to ensure the welfare of repatriated Guantanamo detainees from Libya. This included bin Qumu, who is referred to as ISN 557 in the cables dated from September 2008.

One cable says: “During our previous meeting on June 10, the security official who facilitated the meeting explained that detention protocols for extremists and terrorists mandate that they be held in solitary detention to preclude the possibility that they could recruit other members of the prison population.”

That hasn’t been a problem for Qumu in a while.