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Egyptians Amongst the Suspects in the Benghazi Attack

Remember when everyone was heralding the Arab Spring?  It was supposed to render al-Qaeda and its affiliates obsolete because young Arabs learned a new way to address their grievances?  That seems like a distant memory, what with the Muslim Brotherhood in control in Egypt and now this news.  –AA

By Catherine Herridge

The list of suspects in the Libya terror attack now extends to a handful of suspected militants aligned with an Egyptian group known as the Jamal Network, Fox News has learned. 

A U.S. official said the Jamal Network is committed to violence to attain its political ambitions, adding they are “hard-core, violent extremists in Egypt who are trying to develop a relationship with Al Qaeda.” 

Fox News is told that there are between two- and three-dozen suspects actively being investigated at any one time in connection with the Benghazi attack. The suspect list is fluid, drawn from intelligence ranging from intercepts to witness accounts, with new names being added and dropped on a regular basis. 

The majority of the suspects were described to Fox News as “locals” who come from Libya and are followers of the group Ansar al-Shariah, which wants to establish an Islamic state with adherence to strict Shariah law. 

The additional suspects are being investigated after one Tunisian suspect, Ali Ani al-Harzi, was first arrested in Turkey — after being identified through telephone intercepts where he bragged to friends about his involvement — and transferred to Tunisian custody. There is also at least one suspect with ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq. 

The radical ties of the suspects further raises questions about the degree of planning that may have been involved in an attack initially described as “spontaneous.” 

The Jamal Network takes its name from Mohammed Jamal Abu Ahmed, who was released from an Egyptian jail during the Arab Spring and is now trying to establish himself as a leader in Jihadi circles. U.S. officials believe he established training camps in Libya, and it was in these camps that some of the fighters linked to the attack were trained. 

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FP: ‘Troubling’ Surveillance Before Benghazi Attacks

This is so troubling that it makes it hard for me to fathom how anyone can go into a voting booth tomorrow and pull the lever for Obama.  Don’t miss this amazing work by Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa

Finally, early this morning at 0643, September 11, 2012, one of our diligent guards made a troubling report. Near our main gate, a member of the police force was seen in the upper level of a building across from our compound. It is reported that this person was photographing the inside of the U.S. special mission and furthermore that this person was part of the police unit sent to protect the mission. The police car stationed where this event occurred was number 322.”

The account accords with a message written by Smith, the IT officer who was killed in the assault, on a gaming forum on Sept. 11. “Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures,” he wrote hours before the assault.”

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My Latest Piece on the Huffington Post

Why Amnesty International is a Shadow of its Old Self
Alex Neve, the Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, is calling for the Canadian government to arrest former President George W. Bush when he arrives in that country this week to participate in an economic conference. His justification? Neve falsely claims that Bush “admits” in his memoirs that he authorized the use of torture.

Why wait? Maybe Neve should call on Canadian Special Forces to undertake a pre-dawn raid, just like the one U.S. Navy SEALs pulled off in Pakistan earlier this year to eliminate the detestable terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. While they’re at it, maybe they should go after Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, and Condi Rice. Then they can take them all back to the Great White North where they can be judged, Nuremberg style, for their war crimes.

Of course, Bush and his team will be forced to argue that they used enhanced interrogation techniques that were vetted by Justice Department lawyers. Or that little matter of having used the information to prevent further catastrophic attacks on innocent Americans; beat back the Taliban so that little girls in Afghanistan could do radical things like attend school; and capture madmen belonging to a fascist death cult intent on bringing murder and mayhem to infidels in the West. You know, things like that.

Once upon a time, Amnesty International worked against fascism. It used to organize its members to protest the imprisonment of dissidents who were purely political prisoners–brave souls who put their lives on the line for free speech and democracy. Amnesty’s heyday was during the Cold War, and once upon a time, I was a proud member of the group. Thankfully, those days went the way of the Berlin Wall.

But there is hope! Perhaps I’ll start an Amnesty-like letter writing campaign to Secretary General Neve, asking him to use his resources and influence to counter the misogyny of Islamic extremists instead of seeking headlines by foolishly trying to portray George W. Bush as a war criminal.

If it works, I might even renew my membership!

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Behind the Hunt for Bin Laden

By MARK MAZZETTI, HELENE COOPER and PETER BAKER

WASHINGTON — For years, the agonizing search for Osama bin Laden kept coming up empty. Then last July, Pakistanis working for the Central Intelligence Agency drove up behind a white Suzuki navigating the bustling streets near Peshawar, Pakistan, and wrote down the car’s license plate.

The man in the car was Bin Laden’s most trusted courier, and over the next month C.I.A. operatives would track him throughout central Pakistan. Ultimately, administration officials said, he led them to a sprawling compound at the end of a long dirt road and surrounded by tall security fences in a wealthy hamlet 35 miles from the Pakistani capital.

On a moonless night eight months later, 79 American commandos in four helicopters descended on the compound, the officials said. Shots rang out. A helicopter stalled and would not take off. Pakistani authorities, kept in the dark by their allies in Washington, scrambled forces as the American commandos rushed to finish their mission and leave before a confrontation. Of the five dead, one was a tall, bearded man with a bloodied face and a bullet in his head. A member of the Navy Seals snapped his picture with a camera and uploaded it to analysts who fed it into a facial recognition program. MORE

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