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Unfinished Business

June 5th, 2013 - 4:13 am

The uncertainty that still surrounds events at Benghazi was emphasized by a report by Bill Gertz, based on al-Qaeda claims, that ambassador Chris Stevens was killed by lethal injection when an attempt kidnap him as a hostage to exchange for a high ranking Jihadi prisoner failed.

An al Qaeda terrorist stated in a recent online posting that U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens was killed by lethal injection after plans to kidnap him during the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi went bad.

The veracity of the claim by Abdallah Dhu-al-Bajadin, who was identified by U.S. officials as a weapons expert for al Qaeda, could not be determined. However, U.S. officials have not dismissed the terrorist’s assertion.An FBI spokeswoman indicated that the bureau is aware of the claim but declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation into the Benghazi attacks. … A State Department spokesman had no comment…

According to a March 14 posting on an al Qaeda-linked website, Dhu-al-Bajadin stated that Stevens was given a lethal injection that was overlooked during the autopsy.

The “plan was based on abduction and exchange of high-level prisoners,” the terrorist wrote on the prominent jihadist Web forum Ansar al-Mujahideen Network. “However, the operation took another turn, for a reason God only knows, when one of the members of the jihadist cell improvised and followed Plan B.”

Sensational stories like this can only reinforce speculation widely found on the Internet that there was more to Benghazi than meets the eye. Nor will an AP report that Tom Donilon just resigned as national security adviser to be replaced by Susan Rice quiet things down. That anti-Muslim LA video sure must have been something.

As to the kidnapping angle, Front Page Magazine in a story some weeks ago cited a cellphone video, supposedly taken during the attack in which the words “‘mahadesh, mahadesh yermi, Dr. Morsi ba`atna’” [are heard to be uttered] which translates to: “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot, Dr. Morsi sent us.”

Dr. Morsi, for those who have forgotten, was deeply interested in the release of the Blind Sheik. But this is not conclusive because there is no way of easily telling whether the video was dubbed.  And Morsi may be a common name in those parts.

What is not in dispute is that the FBI investigation remains open. “The FBI, in a statement, said the Benghazi investigation is ‘ongoing.’”

The Associated Press reported … that, according to unnamed U.S. officials, five men have been identified, and that the government has enough information to justify the U.S. military grabbing the suspects but not enough evidence to try them in civilian court. The U.S. military has updated plans to “capture or kill” alleged perpetrators of the deadly terror attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, CNN reported last week.

CNN says that any attempt to “capture or kill” those individuals would have to be approved by President Obama. Far from being forgotten the Benghazi incident is still apparently very much alive and forces are reputed to be in place awaiting orders to go into action.

The plan has series of “capture or kill” options that Obama would have to approve. It’s not known how much of this he may have been briefed about.

One military official said the military is well aware that if it is ordered into action now by the White House, it could be viewed as a political move in light of the ongoing controversy over Benghazi. But he noted that initial planning began shortly after the attack last year.

Special operations forces have stayed in the North Africa region since the attack in varying numbers to collect intelligence and be ready to launch attacks if ordered. CNN has been asked to not say where those forces are located.

Just what “capture or kill” means is a subject of contention among legal scholars. They can’t seem to agree on what it means. Daniel Klaidman, formerly of Newsweek, has actually written a book of that title on the subject that is on sale at Amazon.  According to a  book review by the Washington Post, it portrays President Obama as sounding like George W. Bush.

Klaidman reports that the president’s focus on Awlaki was so intense, one of his briefers, Gen.James Cartwright, thought that “Obama’s rhetoric was starting to sound like George W. Bush’s, whom he had briefed on many occasions. ‘Do you have everything you need to get this guy?’ Obama would ask.”

What is clear is that the president found Awlaki’s American citizenship, in Klaidman’s words, “immaterial.”

Whether that was the unexorcised spirit of GWB speaking or President Obama himself is apparently the excruciating dilemma at the heart of this administration’s policies. Granted Awlaki was a bad guy. The Washington Post story continues.

Another of Obama’s key advisers, a liberal lawyer at the State Department named Harold Koh, was a little queasier about the whole killing enterprise. Koh was skeptical of the counterterrorism community’s conclusions about Awlaki, so he went to study the intelligence reports on the radical cleric for himself in a “crappy little room” in the State Department reserved for reading classified material.

“If Awlaki wasn’t going to be able to defend himself in a court of law, then perhaps Koh could at least ensure that the government’s case against him was legitimate,” Klaidman writes. Koh spent five hours poring over stacks of intelligence. “There were plans to poison Western water and food supplies with botulinum tox, as well as attack Americans with ricin and cyanide,” Klaidman writes. “Koh was shaken when he left the room. Awlaki was not just evil, he was satanic.”

Shoot. Botulism, ricin, lethal injections, cyanide, evil, satanic, ‘here comes Dr. Morsi’, Obama sounding like George W. Bush. It’s beginning to sound like a Fu Manchu movie. There are only fugitive glimpses in this drama, but no steady views.   As to definitions, the phrase “capture or kill” has a common sense meaning to the layman. Where there is not enough evidence to bring someone to trial, “kill or capture” sounds an awful lot like “take care of it”. But you never know.


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Bush said something close to "It's like that poster in the old west, 'wanted, dead or alive.' " That seems to be the position that Obama and even his advisor Koh came to after seeing what Awlaki was up to. Awlaki isn't Satanic, he is an outlaw just like Dubya's poster boys and I am glad to see that even post colonial, post modern Obama can see it - and act. I'm glad because most of the time he is so coked up on Edward Said, that he thinks the founding organization of Islamism are bunch of moderates.
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Something I find very disturbing about Benghazi is just how quiet and coy AQ has been about it. Undoubtably they have lots of videos of the attack, and the killing of Stevens, but they've kept very quiet about it. If I had to describe in one sentence how the Obama administration has been behaving about the entire Benghazi incident, I would say that they are behaving like someone who is being blackmailed. They concocted a cover story about a video. AQ let them get away with the deception for as long as they could. The administration didn't send in investigators. They caught one of the perpetrators then let him go. It feels like the administration has been completely captured by AQ. Incompetence has consequences.

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The kidnapping/swap for the Blind Sheikh story is a red herring. I'm telling you whoever inside this Administration that knows that gun-smuggling was going on at Benghazi is praying that the Syrian Electronic Army and the Turkish Anonymous haven't hacked into the email account of the then Turkish Consular in Libya, Ali Sait Akin. If they did, the pucker factor is going to be quite high...

And no doubt, some here will insist that the SEA and Turkish Anonymous are just fronts for certain governments -- no doubt the Syrians are connected to Assad's regime. But they're not the only ones who have kompromat on Obama and Fast and Furious po Arabski:

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55649
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People keep muttering -- why is Obama getting rolled? Why is he so soft on Pootie Poo compared to the rabidly Russophobic honorary Al-Heart and Lung Eaters brigade Senator from Arizona? Could it be that Moscow knows the truth about Benghazi and has the cargo manifests and surveillance of the Libyan ships being loaded under the eyes of U.S. intel personnel to prove it? Just one more trump card they have up their sleeves in case Obama finally decides to wag the dog in Syria - "CIA Armed Al-Nusra Front, It was An Honest Mistake Says Agency"
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Regardless of whether Obama and Koh think that Awlaki needed killin' or not, the whole struggle against "terror" is now some kind of question of "moot".

There is actually an apparent component of the US Foreign Policy that favors the Muslim Brotherhood, and other Salafist Islamic organizations (hence the interest in getting into the Syrian civil war).

And the whole explanation of the death of Ambassador Stevens from "smoke inhalation" also could or could not be a cover. And we will never know, just as we will never know just exactly what he was up to the last day of his life, even though people alive now know exactly what he was up to.

I read somewhere a few days ago that the Obama Regime's operations might all be a Psy-ops on the American people. And exactly how would we know, as the truth and untruth is so vividly mixed up?

We, the people, will never really know anything for sure about our government ever again. Because we don't need to know. And that's something that we are all going to have to get used to.
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A few weeks ago I called the appointment of Susan Rice as National Security Advisor and Samantha Power as UN Ambassador. But I also said the head of the IRS would be appointed Director of the Office of Management and Budget. My theory was that instead of submitting a budget he would take the fifth on behalf of the entire administration. I mean, what could be more incriminating than a real budget?

The appointments provide more proof that the left values loyalty over competence -- and by a wide margin.
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I think it highly unlikely that any competent forensic pathologist would miss a death by injection. It's also highly unlikely that al Qaeda operatives would just happen to have fatal, exotic and undetectable substances at hand. So, while the point of injection 'might' be missed, the cause of death would not be.

Thus, it's a virtual certainty that the FBI KNOWS how and of what Amb. Stevens died. IF Stevens did die by lethal injection, it raises substantive and additional questions about Benghazi because cutting Stevens head off on video, would be the preferred propaganda method of execution. It is of course, not in the administration's interests to have additional questions about Benghazi raised by new evidence.
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I disagree with your first sentence while noting you said ''competent''. One medium I can think of is succinyl choline, a paralytic agent used in surgery that is rapidly hydrolysed by body enzymes (as I recall).

Another could be potassium chloride which would be blended in with post-mortum chemical changes in the blood. Both these media could easily missed in a place like Libya.
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I'll certainly yield to your clearly greater expertise. I would ask why Stevens autopsy would be conducted in Libya rather than in a superior facility? Have I missed some key bit of information in regard to Stevens autopsy?
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I think the “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot, Dr. Morsi sent us.” tends to confirm a theory that came out of the special ops community. I.e, the whole thing was a setup which would have featured Amb Stevens being captured and then rescued by a combination of special ops forces and cooperation from Morsi.

That would have provided a "Kill Bin Laden" moment just before the election and also might well have provided a basis for the release of the poor blind guy we locked up as a gesture of thanks to Morsi for his assistance. In short, a package with something for every Muslim dictator, on both sides of the Atlantic.

The absurd "It Was All About a Video" explanation clearly was something cooked up after the whole thing fell apart. And it was a exceptionally poor example of emergency scritptwriting, but they were willing to go with it out of sheer desperation.

But those darned testesterone-poisoned SEALs ran to the sound of the guns and screwed up the script. Aside from that, it's probably hard to find a local with a gun and an aggressive attitude who is not some kind of an Al Queda franchisee, at least on alternate Tuesdays.
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Susan Rice is to be the new National Security director, and Samantha Powers the new UN ambassador. How rich and stupefying is that?
44 weeks ago
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Rice + Powers + Hillary = The Three Valkyries

They were so successful deposing the Duck of Death that they have been put in line for promotions!!

Hillary 2016!

THEY WILL BE LEADING FROM BEHIND!
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Rice + Powers + Hillary = See no Evil, Hear no Evil and Evil.

Forward America. Forward.
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"Rice + Powers + Hillary = The Three Valkyries"

Good one. Might I also suggest:

Rice + Powers + Hillary = The Three Wise Monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, etc.)
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More misdirection. And rather too obvious, if you ask me.

What are we not supposed to concentrate upon and see?
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No doubt that AQ monitors the American blogs and realizes that with a little bit of spinning the Benghazi can be polished.

Having read enough history, and heard enough lies, 'tis hard to know whether the American accounts of having lost the Ambassador in the smoke and confusion are totally straight and honest.

On the other hand, Stevens was an unmarried, out-of-the-closet player.

Is it reasonable to expect that he'd willingly participate in his own abduction?

No.

As for lethal injection: why would a hypo even figure into this hostage taking?

Muslims take hostages constantly and never get 'medical' about it. A couple of AK-74 butts to the head -- and you've got co-operation.

It's vastly more likely that Stevens was killed by smoke and toxic fumes.

Anyone wanting to bag the Ambassador is going to do so when he is NOT in his sanctuary. See "Clear and Present Danger." (1994)

No, the op went off perfectly, and the flow of weapons to Syria stopped.

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The swap for the blind sheikh story seems bogus, a jackass released to confuse the townfolk after the horse has fled out the open barn door. If you can't control all of the information out there, try disinformatsiya.
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I had to fight the Internet gods to even get the BC to load...

The traditional link was totally non-responsive.

Entered by way of ....

Google response was that PJM was overloaded/ down/ ... blip.

Am I alone?
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This guy Koh sounds insufficiently sensitive to the different cultural norms of world cultures, I demand his "liberal" credentials be suspended and he be sent to a reeducation camp until hell freezes over.

btw, kudos to the new programming staff at PJM, about time they got someone competent on the job, I see horrible bugs being eliminated one after the other.
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