Four Months After The Benghazi Attack

Where are the killers?

On Tuesday, the Tunisian government released Ali Ani al-Harzi, a leading suspect in the attack who was taken into custody after fleeing Libya for Turkey and then sent to Tunisia. Officials say Harzi was released over Washington’s objections, as Tunis cited a “lack of evidence.” While the FBI eventually got access to Harzi, efforts to press him on what he knew were often blocked by bureaucratic objections by the Tunisian government and its court system. In December, the Tunisian branch of the Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia posted photos of people they claimed to be FBI agents who interviewed Harzi, according to the counterterrorism website Long War Journal. The U.S. intelligence community believes members of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi participated in the attack four months ago.

While some U.S. officials feared that Harzi’s release was coming, Tunisian officials did not inform the U.S. government ahead of time.

It’s a good thing Obama has so improved our relations with other countries.

And then there’s this:

One source of frustration for U.S. intelligence community: the president’s decision to make the Benghazi probe a criminal investigation. While the CIA has an ever-changing list of suspects it dubs the “Benghazi attack network,” the drones and Special Operations teams that are used to hunt al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and Yemen are not being used to track down Stevens’s killers. Instead the investigation is being led by the FBI, which relies on cooperation from local and national police in Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt.

Brilliant.

7 thoughts on “Four Months After The Benghazi Attack

  1. mattm

    Where are the Killers?

    Where are the Witnesses? Where are the survivors of the assualt in Bengahzi?

    It has been four months and there is still not definitive time line of events on the ground in Bengahzi or the response on 9/11 in washington. There have been no reports from the survivors of what they saw.

    Reporters at all levels in the news media have utterly failed to do their job and get information to the public just like members of the goverment in both political parties have utterly failed to provide security or a effective response to what happened in Bengahzi.

    My comtempt for both continues to grow.

  2. Leland

    Slightly off topic, but not far from the concept…

    As we have these discussions about how to stop mass shootings, the left talks about restricting the rights of every American for the actions of individuals. The left also talks about not fighting wars by using police action for resolving crimes against the United States. I’ll admit, there is some things to consider in these ideas, but let’s also consider the real world implications.

    For the latter concept, we see how long it is taking to find justice for the 4 murders in Benghazi. We can’t force other nations to obey our laws, but for centuries, that is not how nations handled the issue of Ambassadors being murdered. The Ambassador is the nation’s envoy for conducting peaceful relations. If the Ambassador is not considered safe, then you cannot conduct peaceful trade or other activities. Not all murders of Ambassadors lead to war, but until Obama, such murders were taken as serious international incidents that required prompt action by both nations and the international community.

    As for enforcing law in relation to mass shootings, lets remember the Nidal Hasan is still innocent in the eyes of the law within the the US. He is known to have killed and has confessed to the murder of 13 people on a military base during a time of war. That was in 2009. It’s 2013, and Hasan has not yet been found guilty of these crimes by any form of US court.

    Perhaps if Obama really wanted to do something to protect Americans, here and abroad, against mass shootings; he ought to look at how his Department of Justice prosecutes those who actually commit mass shootings, rather than spending time worrying about new laws againts law abiding citizens.

  3. PeterH

    A related question: where was local and Libyan law enforcement during the raid? They surely knew something was up and had time to respond.

  4. George Turner

    I think pursuing the perpetrators is pointless because the real problem is their access to high-capacity magazines for their assault rifles. If the terrorists only had 10-rounders they’d have expended all their ammunition when they were still several blocks down the street from the consulate, firing in the air, and the whole attack would’ve dissipated before it even got underway.

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