Report: Egypt won’t let U.S. interrogate suspect linked to Benghazi

posted at 3:21 pm on February 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

Why would they? A few weeks ago, Morsi told a bunch of U.S. senators that Jews were controlling American media, whereupon they called a press conference and … promised to keep the foreign aid coming. Barring a surprise invasion of Israel, there’s virtually nothing he can do to alienate the America’s foreign-policy establishment, which is nervous about losing whatever shred of leverage it has with Islamists after the Arab Spring. You might see Rand Paul pound the table about this next week as part of his campaign to get American voters to rethink foreign aid generally, but that’s it.

Here’s the background on “Abu Ahmed” and his possible role in Benghazi from Tom Joscelyn of the Long War Journal and Weekly Standard. Ahmed wasn’t there shooting at Chris Stevens on the evening of 9/11 but he may have trained the guys who were. Just one question: Are we sure that O wants American interrogators grilling this guy? His drone policy gets all the attention but don’t forget that he’s very quietly continued the practice of rendition that liberals used to get upset about under Bush. It’s mentioned in the clip that Egyptian interrogators are interviewing Ahmed and relaying info to the U.S. Are they shielding him because he’s an Islamist or are they “extracting” information at the behest of their American colleagues? If you know how Egypt’s handled prisoners in the past, up to and including the very recent past, you’ll have a strong guess about the answer to that question.



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