Below is another paragraph lifted from the NYT article today about Benghazi.
Here is what is bizarre at best (at worst, grossly incompetent): it reports the prime suspect is Abu Khattala…and that he declared “openly and often” that he placed USA on the list not far behind Qaddafi on list of “infidel enemies” yet he had “ESCAPED THE SCRUTINY from the 20 person CIA station in Benghazi..” What is up with our CIA? they missed the prime suspect who was not operating in secret but “openly and often” making statements?
Here is NYT:
“…In this case, a central figure in the attack was an eccentric, malcontent militia leader, Ahmed Abu Khattala, according to numerous Libyans present at the time. American officials briefed on the American criminal investigation into the killings call him a prime suspect. Mr. Abu Khattala declared openly and often that he placed the United States not far behind Colonel Qaddafi on his list of infidel enemies. But he had no known affiliations with terrorist groups, and he had escaped scrutiny from the 20-person C.I.A. station in Benghazi that was set up to monitor the local situation…”
Below is another paragraph from the NYT article. How could the CIA not be even a tad bit curious about Khattala in the months before Benghazi? He was part of this convoy, armed with artillery and under the black flags of militant Islam? This parade of artillery was promoting Islamic law and protesting against democracy that USA was trying to build in Libya. Wasn’t that a tip to the CIA? or how about that Western diplomats were “stunned by the scale of the weaponry of the display?” How much more of a tip does the CIA need that MAYBE they should check this out? investigate?
Here is NYT:
“…On a June afternoon, Mr. Abu Khattala joined a column of as many as 200 pickup trucks mounted with artillery as they drove through downtown Benghazi under the black flags of militant Islam….
Participants described the parade as a demonstration of their opposition to democracy, calling it a violation of their vision of Islamic law. The event was also the public debut of Ansar al-Shariah, a group of as many as 200 militants who, like Mr. Abu Khattala, had broken away from the other militias in protest of their support for elections.
Western diplomats who watched said they were stunned by the scale and weaponry of the display…”
More from NYT:
“…A local Benghazi official named Anwar el-Dos arrived on the scene and identified Mr. Abu Khattala as directing the fighters….” Around 11:30 p.m., Mr. Abu Khattala showed up on internal security cameras, according to officials who have viewed the footage….”