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No evidence found of Al Qaeda role in Libya attack
Los Angeles Times ^ | October 19, 2012

Posted on 10/19/2012 5:15:00 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

The assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last month appears to have been an opportunistic attack rather than a long-planned operation, and intelligence agencies have found no evidence that it was ordered by Al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials and witnesses interviewed in Libya.

The attack was "carried out following a minimum amount of planning," said a U.S. intelligence official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter still under investigation. "The attackers exhibited a high degree of disorganization. Some joined the attack in progress, some did not have weapons and others just seemed interested in looting."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ansaralsharia; benghazi; benghazigate; coverup; election2012; laslimes; libya; libyagate; waronterror
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Cover-up.
1 posted on 10/19/2012 5:15:09 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

From the LA Slimes naturally


2 posted on 10/19/2012 5:17:16 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Paging the ancient aliens guy.


3 posted on 10/19/2012 5:17:37 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (This is America! Being dead is no excuse not to vote!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They only have to keep up this game of three card monte for another three weeks.


4 posted on 10/19/2012 5:17:42 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

0bammy told me it was a silly movie trailer, now it was not a plot?

Fool me once shame on me....


5 posted on 10/19/2012 5:18:14 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Oh, so it wasn’t a terrorist attack after all? Glad to know these were friendlies, not terrorists.


6 posted on 10/19/2012 5:18:17 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wow! This sure puts eggs on the faces of the republicans. No wonder Obama hesitated to blame Al Qaeda.

Best to talk about the jobs numbers and debt from now on.


7 posted on 10/19/2012 5:18:34 PM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ambassador Steven’s reported Al Quaeda flags were seen recently. It also has been reported that the same flags were hoisted at the embassy following the attack. If it looks like a duck.


8 posted on 10/19/2012 5:18:46 PM PDT by pnut22
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Reminds me of Hillary’s memory lapses in the Whitewater mess.


9 posted on 10/19/2012 5:20:14 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ya. Just a gang of looters who showed up with mortars and knew how to employ them...


10 posted on 10/19/2012 5:20:23 PM PDT by donozark (I was a Vietnam Veteran before it was popular...)
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To: Kaslin; Oldeconomybuyer

Nothing worse than trying to cover crap with crap.


11 posted on 10/19/2012 5:25:16 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Just some high-spirited boys out trick-or-treating.


12 posted on 10/19/2012 5:27:53 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m sure Romney is getting valuable input from folks in the know regarding Libya in prep for Monday’s debate.


13 posted on 10/19/2012 5:33:15 PM PDT by Keen-Minded
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Pravda on the Pacific
Pravda on the Pacific
Pravda on the Pacific

emergency response team

14 posted on 10/19/2012 5:36:30 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

15 posted on 10/19/2012 5:37:28 PM PDT by jaz.357 ( *Luke 6:43-45* Twas Ever Thus!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

> No evidence found of Al Qaeda role in Libya attack

But Al Obama was definitely involved.


16 posted on 10/19/2012 5:37:51 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: stboz

Yes! I have no independent recollection of that.


17 posted on 10/19/2012 5:39:38 PM PDT by GOPPachyderm
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They had to do this in advance of the final debate. It’s total bullcrap.


18 posted on 10/19/2012 5:39:58 PM PDT by Castigar
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To: blueunicorn6

Isn’t this more like treating the trick?


19 posted on 10/19/2012 5:41:52 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
So who was the weapons source for these disorganized activists?
20 posted on 10/19/2012 5:46:23 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"The attackers exhibited a high degree of disorganization."

I guess that's why there wasn't much property damage, and nobody died.

/sarcasm

21 posted on 10/19/2012 5:48:32 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

!!!Pffft!!!

*snip*
Further, it fits with a broader effort by the Al Qaeda affiliate and the militant group Ansar al-Sharia to establish an Islamic state in eastern Libya. Libyan authorities are identifying Ansar al-Sharia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala as the commander of the attack, though Fox News was told the U.S. intelligence community is not going quite that far. Rather, Khattala is on the short list of suspects and was described as “one to watch.”

Video Documentary Details Libya Terrorist Threats, Amb. Stevens Interview in June 2012
http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/10/19/short-video-documentary-details-libya-terrorist-threats-amb-stevens-interview-in-june-2012/?singlepage=true

Then there’s the NYT article.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/19/world/africa/suspect-in-benghazi-attack-scoffs-at-us.html?hp&_r=0

“Although Mr. Abu Khattala said he was not a member of Al Qaeda, he declared he would be proud to be associated with Al Qaeda’s puritanical zeal for Islamic law. And he said that the United States had its own foreign policy to blame for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Why is the United States always trying to impose its ideology on everyone else?” he asked. “Why is it always trying to use force to implement its agendas?””

Al Qaeda or not, does it really matter? The the ones that attacked and murdered our people highly respect al Qaeda. There is no denying that al Qaeda is stronger than ever before. Just go to Washington Post and put AFRICOM in the search field. Even plain old Africa.


22 posted on 10/19/2012 5:48:40 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

For me, I don’t care weather it was terrorists, protesters, or a birthday party, Where the hell were the marines that were supposed to be guarding the embassy? Who redirected our security forces!


23 posted on 10/19/2012 5:49:56 PM PDT by vet7279
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Nato helped the Libyan rebels overthrow Kaddafi. Why would the rebels want to attack the US? Either Kaddafi loyalists seeking revenge (highly unlikely in Benghazi) or Al Queda caused this attack. What date did it happen on? Oh yeh, Sept 11-—how convenient and coincidental for a little restless disturbance over a video.


24 posted on 10/19/2012 5:54:12 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: blueunicorn6
"Just some high-spirited boys out trick-or-treating."

Just a few misguided yutes acting out their aggressions.

25 posted on 10/19/2012 5:54:13 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Amish are going to kill us all.


26 posted on 10/19/2012 5:56:50 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: donozark

Sure....how do you do it?

You mean, you don’t have mortars in the back of your truck? Hard to believe. I usually have to move the .50 caliber machine gun to fit them.

//s


27 posted on 10/19/2012 5:57:23 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (MIf you are a white conservative, you MUST be a racist. ;-))
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To: tsowellfan

sarcasm right ?


28 posted on 10/19/2012 5:58:40 PM PDT by advertising guy (" that lie has it's own sleep number " David Feherty PGA Championship 2012)
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And here comes the Media to cover Obama’s ass.

The Media needs to be fought at every turn. They are a Fifth Column worthy of a Traitor’s Death.


29 posted on 10/19/2012 5:58:53 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Former CIA officer Clare Lopez argues that the key issue is "the relationship of the U.S. government, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya with Al Qaeda."

...is the LATIMES trying to cover this other story?

30 posted on 10/19/2012 6:02:18 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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31 posted on 10/19/2012 6:03:20 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It was those Amish hooligans.


32 posted on 10/19/2012 6:06:07 PM PDT by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the time of no return?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

LA SLimes again using unnamed sources...the folks who went before Congress and swore an oath to tell the truth told a very different story


33 posted on 10/19/2012 6:08:12 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Kaslin; SortaBichy
I grew up in L.A. Times country, and before I was out of Junior High Skoo (now known as 'middle skoo'), I became aware that this rag was full '0 shiite.........must be in my good genes and strong upbringing.

I look up to the sky quite often and thank my departed parents for how they raised me..................

Topic change - any updates from Jim or John as to the long overdue "fix" to this site? It was promised three quarters ago when the beg went up by a big margin - yet we're seeing nothing here yet but timeouts.

34 posted on 10/19/2012 6:11:48 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (No tagline until JR gets the snail out of this site....as he promised moons ago.)
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To: Doogle

this article..... By Ken Dilanian and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times


35 posted on 10/19/2012 6:12:26 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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Libya rescue squad ran into fierce, accurate ambush

Strange how this randomly evolving opportunistic attack led to a fierce, accurate ambush that "appeared professionally executed" where the Libyan officer protecting Americans says, "I really believe that this attack was planned . . . the accuracy with which the mortars hit us was too good for any regular revolutionaries." I guess the accuracy, the apparent professionalism, and the apparent complexity of the attack were just bad luck, which is the only thing that would have kept Obama's international brilliance from bringing us yet another Arab Spring success for American interests.

36 posted on 10/19/2012 6:16:05 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I for one will sleep better knowing this information. Thanks, LATimes . . . and Obama campaign.


37 posted on 10/19/2012 6:21:15 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Probably the same "intelligence official" who said all was quiet on the Benghazi front and there was no security risk to Americans.
38 posted on 10/19/2012 6:25:08 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Since I grew up surrounded by 150 million Muslims, I know them like the back of my hand. Al Qaeda is but one of the thousands of radical Islamist groups operating in the world. And that is never going to stop because it is all based on actual verses in their holy book. The only moderate Muslims are those who are not very religious. And indeed they are the majority of Muslims. But when you have over Billion Muslims in the world, all it takes is 1% (=10,000,000+) fanatics to cause bloodshed in so many places.


39 posted on 10/19/2012 6:26:44 PM PDT by entropy12 (Romney/Ryan 2012... Send Obama back to Chicago/Hawaii/Kenya/Indonesia wherever)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Sometimes papers recycle old copy to pad out the number of pages they need to publish. Maybe this is recycled from 3 or 4 weeks ago. It certainly doesn’t reflect any of the additional info we’ve received lately.


40 posted on 10/19/2012 6:26:52 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I will await my news from a professional.

The LAT is not.


41 posted on 10/19/2012 6:29:08 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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Probably the same "intelligence official" who said all was quiet on the Benghazi front and there was no security risk to Americans.
42 posted on 10/19/2012 6:34:57 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Amazing. No Weapons of Mass Destruction Redux.


43 posted on 10/19/2012 6:35:37 PM PDT by Mach9
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"The attackers exhibited a high degree of disorganization. Some joined the attack in progress, some did not have weapons and others just seemed interested in looting."

Yep, sounds as sophisticated and disciplined as any muslim attack. Could be anyone from Al Qaeda to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard from this description. Isn't looting what islam was based on?

44 posted on 10/19/2012 6:36:28 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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Wasn’t it the Los Angeles Times that breathlessly reported, in an alleged scoop, that the DNA on Monica Lewinsky’s stained blue dress was NOT Bill Clinton’s?


45 posted on 10/19/2012 6:40:49 PM PDT by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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Ya. Just a gang of looters who showed up with mortars and knew how to employ them...

Yeah, mortars, RPGs, AKs, jerry cans of diesel fuel, communication equipment, knowledge of consulate facility and guards,coordinated plan of attack...just the usual spontaneous mob stuff..../sheesh.

46 posted on 10/19/2012 7:10:48 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
No evidence found of Al Qaeda role in Libya attack - Los Angeles Times

Pro-al Qaeda group seen behind deadly Benghazi attack CNN, Sept. 13th

Libyans See al Qaeda Hand in Embassy Attack WSJ, Sept. 17th

The Motive and the Means: Did al-Qaeda Stage the Benghazi Attack? Time, Oct. 2nd

Al Qaeda, ex-Gitmo detainee involved in consulate attack, intelligence sources say Fox News, Sept. 20th

Benghazi: A Sea of Al-Qaeda Flags NRO, November 5, 2011


47 posted on 10/19/2012 7:24:46 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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Weasel words. "No evidence the attack was ordered by AlQaeda." The evidence points to Ansar-al-Sharia. Then everything hinges on the definitions of 'AlQaeda', AlQaeda affiliates, Islamist militia groups, etc.

As if they were so kind as to advertise who they are and not lie about their motivations. For example, the leader of Ansar-al-Sharia in Benghazi was supposedly identified within 24 hours as one of the consulate assault leaders. He's denying it, saying he was there but the crowd was incensed by the video after all. He couldn't control his crazed followers. Riiiiiiiight.

48 posted on 10/19/2012 7:53:08 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ok, I will put my head in the sand now, after all the LA Times is a trusted source of information. My they insult The Prophet and be burnt to the ground.


49 posted on 10/19/2012 7:56:21 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (The truth hurts)
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To: Colorado Doug

Looting our intelligence stashes, no doubt.


50 posted on 10/19/2012 7:56:30 PM PDT by rfp1234
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