Diplomatic sources: State Department had credible intel 48 hours before attacks that U.S. embassies might be targeted; Update: White House denies

posted at 9:03 pm on September 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

I’m looking forward to having it explained to me on the news tomorrow why this is all a misunderstanding and not a very big deal at all.

Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.

According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted

According to security sources the consulate had been given a “health check” in preparation for any violence connected to the 9/11 anniversary. In the event, the perimeter was breached within 15 minutes of an angry crowd starting to attack it at around 10pm on Tuesday night. There was, according to witnesses, little defence put up by the 30 or more local guards meant to protect the staff. Ali Fetori, a 59-year-old accountant who lives near by, said: “The security people just all ran away and the people in charge were the young men with guns and bombs.”

I’m awfully curious to hear how thorough that “health check” was given how quickly consulate security crumbled. Two thoughts here. One: While the bit about credible information is new and important, you don’t need that detail to know that Obama and his team dropped the ball on protecting the consulate. We already know there were no Marines stationed there; even the locals couldn’t believe how lightly guarded the building was. There’s no earthly reason for security to be that thin on 9/11, especially when jihadis had targeted the consulate and other western diplomats in Benghazi before. Two: I wonder if the “credible information” described in the piece has something to do with the Zawahiri video eulogizing Abu Yahya al-Libi, a top AQ chieftain from Libya. The video appeared on jihadi websites on Tuesday to coincide with 9/11, but intel experts who watch those sites sometimes see new material show up on their servers in advance. If they knew that a new Zawahiri video was coming on 9/11, that alone might have been reason to think Al Qaeda was out for revenge and eager to make a splash against U.S. interests somewhere on the anniversary. Is that the sort of intel we’re dealing with here or do they mean something more concrete and specific about a planned attack?

While we’re on the subject of Obama’s foreign-policy failures, here’s a blast from the past for longtime HA readers:

An Iraqi militia that carried out some of the most prominent attacks on foreigners during the Iraq war on Thursday threatened U.S. interests in the country over a film that has triggered protests in Libya, Egypt and Yemen.

“The offence caused to the messenger (Prophet Mohammad) will put all American interests in danger and we will not forgive them for that,” said Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib al-Haq militia.

That’s the same Qais Khazali who led Iran’s “Special Groups” in Iraq, and who allegedly masterminded the famous 2007 operation in Karbala in which five U.S. servicemen were captured and executed. He was captured by American troops two months later. So why’s he back on the streets now and threatening to kill people over the Mohammed movie, you ask? Because, silly: We let him go as part of a prisoner exchange in 2009, over the strenuous objections of some military officers. Remember that, because Khazali’s expertly trained and sufficiently ruthless that he’s capable of following through on his threats in spectacular fashion. You might be seeing his name in the news again soon.

Exit question: Any word from the White House on whether Obama regrets not attending a daily intel briefing since September 5? I know he supposedly reads his briefing instead, but he’s been super busy lately doing interviews with morning-show DJs and scheduling appearances on Letterman, so maybe he hasn’t had time.

Update: It’s a big ol’ lie, says the White House.

The Obama administration is flatly denying a blaring British newspaper report that the U.S. diplomats in Libya were killed as a result of a “continuing security breach,” and that “credible information” about possible attacks had been ignored.

A U.S. official told POLITICO: “There’s no intelligence indicating that the attack in Benghazi was premeditated.”…

Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, emailed: “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”

The Independent didn’t claim that the intelligence said there’d be an attack on the Benghazi consulate specifically. It claimed that American missions generally, including the one in Benghazi, could be targeted. The point is, security should have been ramped up at U.S. missions worldwide. Why didn’t that happen in Benghazi?

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… couldn’t possibly have anything to do with our not minding our own business.

Dante on September 14, 2012 at 3:34 PM

As I said. Blame America First.

Meh. What else would anyone expect from an anti-American bot like you after the way you beclowned yourself in the 9-11 threads?

Solaratov on September 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Solaratov on September 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Right. Because we have almost 250 years of “muslim attacks” on our soil. Oh, wait….we don’t. Strange that all of this really came about since the ’50s … couldn’t possibly have anything to do with our not minding our own business.

Dante on September 14, 2012 at 3:34 PM

DUDE . . . . . post-WWII was the technology “boom” (transportation/communication) that brought about interaction among peoples and cultures that previously had not.

How else can I put this? . . . . . The WORLD SHRUNK, during the great WWII.

Big time.

listens2glenn on September 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Jihadis Threaten to Burn U.S. Embassy in Cairo

Jihadi groups in Egypt, including Islamic Jihad, the Sunni Group, and Al Gamaa Al Islamiyya have issued a statement threatening to burn the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to the ground.

According to El Fagr, they are calling for the immediate release of the Islamic jihadis who are imprisonment and in detention centers in the U.S. including Guantanamo Bay: “The group, which consists of many members from al-Qaeda, called [especially] for the quick release of the jihadi [mujahid] sheikh, Omar Abdul Rahman [the “Blind Sheikh”], whom they described as a scholar and jihadi who sacrificed his life for the Egyptian Umma, who was ignored by the Mubarak regime, and [President] Morsi is refusing to intervene on his behalf and release him, despite promising that he would. The Islamic Group has threatened to burn the U.S. Embassy in Cairo with those in it, and taking hostage those who remain [alive], unless the Blind Sheikh is immediately released.”

Posted at 4:20 pm on September 10th, 2012 by

Raymond Ibrahim


Threat as it appeared in Islamic press (no mention of any movie):



Resist We Much on September 14, 2012 at 6:06 PM

/Lurk on (lurking for years)

I don’t comment much, but these last few days has me outraged, both with the news and maybe more with many of those that comment on this site.
“Failure” is much too weak of a word.
Here are a few more appropriate words:
All you damned ABR’s, Paulbots and the like had better get your sh!t together. The world is officially on fire and your “punish the GOP” for four more years whiny baby crap will eventually kill us all, not to mention your children as well. 1979 will look like a walk in the park. Get your heads out of your ideological a…holes and vote this radtical basturd out. Third parties will never start from the top down. Never happened before and wont happen now. Now you have a more important decision. More important than conservative purity, pro-choice, religious freedoms, gold standards or free weed.
Its fast becoming LIFE or DEATH.
Get over yourself, and the rest of the selfish bull.
(sorry, but I will post this on multiple threads)
/Lurk off

OTTO on September 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

State Department Travel Advisories

I hope that works, this time.

Wino on September 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM

So much of the fake righteous indignation from these commenters.

So fake.

TheAlamos on September 15, 2012 at 1:01 AM

All you damned ABR’s, Paulbots and the like had better get your sh!t together. The world is officially on fire and your “punish the GOP” for four more years whiny baby crap will eventually kill us all, not to mention your children as well. 1979 will look like a walk in the park.

OTTO on September 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Thank you.
Hey, Dante ! where you hidin’ at tonight ?

listens2glenn on September 15, 2012 at 1:32 AM