The charges in the attack at the US Embassy in Benghazi which cost American lives are really just an initial toss of some obvious "usual suspect" types under the bus to palliate angry Americans. This is an example of a combination of Whitewashing politics (i.e., cleaning up a story to eliminate certain important and influential persons who might have been intimately involved), an intelligence failure in the United States at home and abroad (in Libya), and a case of a heartless state of priorities in the US Government; a situation where an informed political agency or two decided that this just wasn't "important enough" to react to.
The incident, if looked at from a telescopic view, smacks of intelligence failure, a poor sense of priorities in terms of handling the inevitable to save Human lives, and the triumph of political parading over an "unimportant little station" in Libya. This cannot either solve a problem in terms of future occurrences, nor can it be something to be proud of. We had better be more vigilant and response to future terrorist threats -- especially in parts of the world where the West, and in particular, the US, are hated and are constantly being targeted by extremists. As a US resident, ardent Constitutionalist and an active Internationalist, this speaks of an unwieldy political machine desperately in need of repair. The value of intelligence is negligible if we fail to respond to the information provided to it about an inevitable threat.
Hillary Clinton, a brilliant political strategist, resigned from her hot seat position as the U.S. Secretary of State as part of her damage control tactic relating to the incident, and the intensive questioning by Congress and the American Public about her role in all of this, and what appears to be her failure to act in the interest of saving American lives.
Because of another "credible threat", the US has already closed embassies in the predominantly Islamist parts of the world, and some other regions possibly accessible to a major terrorist threat. The reason for this is (aside from the threat, which US intelligence agencies believe is highly credible) that nobody in government at the federal level wants another Benghazi embarrassment. An article follows from the Associated Press, in care of Yahoo! News that illustrates, mainstream media being told to do what it is supposed to do. There is very little investigative, independent journalism -- major publications are briefed by those in power in the White House, either directly or indirectly. This makes mainstream media horribly biased in all too many politically sensitive cases.
The officials confirmed that a sealed complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington against an unspecified number of individuals in the September 2012 attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. One official said those charged included Ahmed Abu Khattala, the head of a Libyan militia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss a sealed filing.
The New York Times reported late Tuesday that Khattala had been charged with murder and that he has said in an interview that he is innocent. At least two other foreigners have been charged in the attacks, the newspaper said.
Earlier, CNN, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal reported that unspecified counts had been filed and sealed in the Benghazi attack.
"The department's investigation is ongoing. It has been, and remains, a top priority," said Justice Department spokesman Andrew C. Ames, who declined to comment further.
A key Republican urged the administration to do more than file charges.
"Osama bin Laden had been criminally charged long before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but was not apprehended," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a statement. U.S. Navy SEALS killed bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. "Delays in apprehending the suspected Benghazi killers," Issa added, "will only put American lives at further and needless risk."
The Associated Press reported in May that American officials had identified five men who might be responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi that occurred just weeks before President Barack Obama's re-election. The suspects were not named publicly, but the FBI released photos of three of the five suspects, asking the public to provide more information on the men pictured. The images were captured by security cameras at the U.S. diplomatic post during the attack, but it took weeks for the FBI to see and study them. The FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies identified the men through contacts in Libya and by monitoring their communications. They are thought to be members of Ansar al-Shariah, the Libyan militia group whose fighters were seen near the U.S. diplomatic facility prior to the violence.
Waiting to prosecute the suspects instead of grabbing them now could add to the political burden the Benghazi case already has placed on Obama and Democrats who want to succeed him in 2016.
Since Obama's re-election, Republicans in Congress have condemned the administration's handling of the matter, criticizing the level of embassy security and questioning the talking points provided to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for her public explanation of the attack. Conservatives have suggested that the White House tried to play down the incident to minimize its effect on the president's campaign.
Republicans also have taken political aim at Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack and is a possible Democratic presidential contender in 2016.In an interview with the Times in October, Khattala said he had arrived at the American compound in Benghazi as gunfire broke out but that he had played no role in the attack. He told the newspaper that he entered the compound at the end of the siege in an attempt to rescue Libyan guards who worked for the Americans and were trapped.
Khattala accused American leaders of using the Benghazi attack to play "with the emotions of the American people" in an effort to "gather votes for their elections," according to the Times.
I fear the Khattala is close to the truth, and this should frighten all U.S. citizens. The sovereign Government (purportedly comprised largely of elected officials) is serving its own purposes and private organizational agenda and putting the people it is sworn to serve and protect second. U.S. citizens are indeed being indolent sheeple. It is almost like one of those mass hypnosis or subliminal messaging conspiracies that you read about in fiction novels.
Are those novels really fiction?
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