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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dispute Over Libya Attack: Reporter Says Militants Attacked Because Of Video, Not 9-11

Libyan followers of the Ansar al-Shariah Brigades chant anti-U.S. slogans during a protest in September, as part of widespread anger over a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. The Libyan-based Islamic militant group Ansar al-Shariah is one of the leading suspects in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. (AP/Mohammad Hannon)

Election year politics has clouded public understanding of what happened one month ago during the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. In Tuesday’s New York Times, reporter David Kirkpatrick tries to try to clarify what happened and why.

He asks whether the attack grew out of anger over an American-made anti-Islam film, or whether it was waged by al-Qaida operatives seeking to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

He reports that, to Libyans who witnessed the assault and knew the attackers:

“…there is little doubt what occurred: a well-known group of local Islamist militants struck without any warning or protest, and they did it in retaliation for the video.”

Kirkpatrick also reports on whether the group that attacked the consulate could be considered al-Qaida:

“Whether the attackers are labeled “al-Qaida cells” or “aligned with al-Qaida,” as Republicans have suggested, depends on whether that label can be used as a generic term for a broad spectrum of Islamist militants, encompassing groups like Ansar al-Shariah whose goals were primarily local, as well as those who aspire to join a broader jihad against the West.”

Sept. 12, 2012:
David Kirkpatrick’s Here & Now Interview After The Benghazi Attack

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  • Tysa

    Why is it taking so long for Americans to hear what journalist witnessed at the attack? The lack of news coverage and lack of questions at the time of the attack is partially what is leading to the feeling that the truth is somehow being manipulated.

    • Peter Lake

      Trust your feelings.
      Of course the truth is being manipulated, as Secretary Clinton has as much admitted.
      Why else do you think she’s saying she takes the responsibility for the botched affair?

  • Johnnygoldin

    Question for Mitt Romney: Who and what policies were  most responsible for the Great Recession of 2008-09? How do your policies differ from those? If not, why not? What have you learned about economics from recent past history?

  • Richard

    If the State Dept. is taking responsibility for the cover-up, will they take responsibility for denying increased security that the embassy had been requesting?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lorraine-Conely/100002830134078 Lorraine Conely

      This looks like what the cover-up is about, There is/wasn’t no United States Libya Benghazi ‘consulate’ . That must be why they didn’t report the bombing of it the first time and that is why they couldn’t have US military security???

      U.S. Department of State
      http://www.usembassy.gov/

      THERE IS NO U.S. EMBASSY, CONSULATE, IN BENGHAZI LIBYA. | SFAW NEWShttp://www.sfaw.org/newswire/2012/09/16/there-is-no-u-s-embassy-consulate-in-benghazi-libya/

  • C. M. Criley

    I would like to see someone make it clear that a Consulate is not an Embassy and does not have a Marine Detachment.   The Ambassador was visiting the Consulate at Bengahzi when he was suffucated.  The Embassy in Libya is in Tripoli.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lorraine-Conely/100002830134078 Lorraine Conely

      There is/wasn’t no United States Libya Benghazi ‘consulate’ . That must be why they didn’t report the bombing of it the first time and that is why they couldn’t have US military security???

      U.S. Department of State
      http://www.usembassy.gov/

      THERE IS NO U.S. EMBASSY, CONSULATE, IN BENGHAZI LIBYA. | SFAW NEWShttp://www.sfaw.org/newswire/2012/09/16/there-is-no-u-s-embassy-consulate-in-benghazi-libya/

  • Peter Lake

    Of course the video was responsible. How could anyone htink otherwise?

    All those protestors gathered together in a screening room before their attack, sat around afterward critiquing the film, then made a careful plan to attack the consulate and kill the ambassador.

    Essentially, the attack was merely an extremely pointed, bad review of a 14-minute film.

    Never mind the PREVIOUS attacks on the consulate and the fact that the ambassador was calling for tighter security for months. He must have KNOWN the reviews on the film clip were going to be bad and would provoke the crowds, as bad films always have done in the past in Libya.

    At least, this is the scenario Ambassador Rice and Hillary Clinton and Robin’s guest are essentially maintaining.

    It would all make perfect sense to me — if I had the IQ of Joe Biden and didn’t have two brain cells to rub together.

    • Kar

       You don’t have two brain cells to rub together.

  • G. P. Smith

    The fact is that there is no evidence that this film was ever made!  There are no actors, director, producers… nothing.  What the Muslim world is upset over is a movie trailer that was made for a “non-existent film”.  Whom ever made this movie trailer did it for the sole purpose to anger the Muslim world into violence, and it worked.  Again, there is no film, just a movie trailer!

  • Kar

    Muslim extremists will attack at a rumor that their prophet has been insulted. It doesn’t have to actually happen. Extremists are not rational.

  • Sam

    Sounds like the official line of what really occurred  may not be known. 
    More misinfo, disinfo, half truths, lies, distortions, distraction and deception is the rule of the day.
    Keep the masses dazed and confused of the facts.
    Good job to the ruling elite and their media friends once again. 

    Some day in the future when all involved with this incident may be declassified and released to the public.
    In the meanwhile, its business as usual for the military-industrial complex.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lorraine-Conely/100002830134078 Lorraine Conely

    There is/wasn’t no United States Libya Benghazi ‘consulate’ . That must be why they didn’t report the bombing of it the first time and that is why they couldn’t have US military security???

    U.S. Department of State
    http://www.usembassy.gov/

    THERE IS NO U.S. EMBASSY, CONSULATE, IN BENGHAZI LIBYA. | SFAW NEWShttp://www.sfaw.org/newswire/2012/09/16/there-is-no-u-s-embassy-consulate-in-benghazi-libya/

  • J Frog

     Smells fishy.  So we’re expected to believe the this unnamed Libyan “journalist” was savvy enough to get to the incident before the story went cold and perpetrators fled…yet CLUELESS about the video was fomenting so much anger on his beat?  Incredible.  My favorite quote…”Here we get into a little bit of guesswork”  I hope this isn’t the way the NY Times reports all their stories.

  • deanrd

    The reporters were from Libya. Republicans didn’t care anything about Americans dying when more than 60 people and nearly a dozen Americans died in US embassies under Bush. The GOP controlled both houses and there wasn’t a single investigation. They are such scummy people.

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