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One of the most surprising (or least depending on your level of cynicism, admittedly me) aspects of the Benghazi attack is the notion it took place because of a need for revenge by the attackers.  We might now have more evidence that notion is true.

CNN is reporting the number of CIA agents around at the time was in the dozens and the possible reasons they were around support the idea of a revenge attack when coupled with some other info.  From the article:


Speculation on Capitol Hill has included the possibility the U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi were secretly helping to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels.
So, there was a likely relationship between the CIA and the groups in Libya.  Some more info from a Democracy Now! interview with former elite members of the U.S. military:


JACK MURPHY: Sure. There’s a number of different contributing factors that led to these attacks. When we start to talk about the blowback effect, we do also have to understand that this was a group of people, the Ansar al-Sharia militia, that wasn’t particularly fond of Americans to begin with. There was a large number of foreign fighters, these international jihadists, who were amongst that group the night of the attack. But what hasn’t been talked about very much in the media is that there were covert operations being run inside Libya, targeted killings against militia members, al-Qaeda-affiliated personnel, also involving securing weapons that had fallen into the militia hands, that we didn’t want them to have in the post-war Libya that was destabilizing the Libyan transitional government. But there were a series of operations over the course of the summer and even that week of September in the run-up to the attack.

    AMY GOODMAN: U.S. government allies were also assassinated, were killed…

    JACK MURPHY: Well, allegedly, there was even a CIA asset that was targeted and killed in that first week of September prior to the attack.

    AMY GOODMAN: By who? Killed by?

    JACK MURPHY: By the United States military, by special operations personnel.

    AMY GOODMAN: A CIA asset killed by U.S. personnel.

    JACK MURPHY: Allegedly. And this phenomena has happened previously in Iraq and Afghanistan. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to prove for certain that this individual was an asset, but you can only imagine what’s going through the heads of the militia members as they feel that they’re working hand in hand with the Americans and then all of a sudden the Americans kill one of their people. And this was—this was definitely one of the events that led to the special operations forces actually kicking up the hornets’ nest in Libya, and it was a contributing factor that led to the attack in Benghazi. (Emphasis mine)

Add all that to the reality that members of Ansar al-Sharia are fighting in Syria and the picture becomes potentially quite nefarious.

It is still a rather loose connection but it seems possible the CIA was dealing weapons to these militias for use in Syria, for reasons unknown killed one of the people they were dealing with, and the militia reacted very violently when they were betrayed.

We may never know if this is true since the government would have to acknowledge a very explosive action it was involved in to confirm this possibility.  But the evidence emerging is beginning to suggest this could be reality.

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  •  Look to the CIA... (0+ / 0-)

    for the answer why didn't the administration come clean right off the bat.  

    This makes about as much sense as Mike Huckabee on mescaline. - Prodigal 2-6-2008

    by Tonedevil on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 03:41:02 PM PDT

  •  this is what Rand Paul asked Hillary (1+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama

    About in the hearings, (where he would have fired her had he been President). She genuinely seemed to have no idea what he was talking about. It was dismissed  as conspiracy theory by Think Progress and others

  •  There's a new ebook by former SEAL Brandon Webb (4+ / 0-)

    and the Sofrep guys called Benghazi, the Definitive Report.

    It's short, maybe 120 pages, and they say they used all their former military contacts to get the inside scoop. That a lot of those guys are working as contractors for the CIA and other US government agencies, other countries' various agencies and private companies in the area.

    Please note: I don't know what Brandon Webb's politics are or how they might have influenced what he wrote, if they did at all.

    But I'm about half-way through, and he said there were a ton of various former military guys and government agencies operating in Libya at the time.

    He mentions once agency specifically, I think the CIA, that had conducted an operation right before the Benghazi attack, an operation meant to try to smoke out someone the CIA was looking for and that the consulate attack might have been retaliation for that.

    Also, by his timeline, it was only about an hour from the time the attack started until former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods and some other security contractors from the CIA annex got to the consulate to help. They got one guy -- who was hold up in the same place as the Ambassador and Sean Smith -- out a window, but they took heavy fire doing it and the guy they were trying to rescue was injured. The Ambassador and the other guy, Sean Smith, should have been right behind the first one, but it sounds like they retreated when the first guy was shot, and then no one could find the two of them in the smoke.

    Glenn Doherty, the other former SEAL, who was killed, was in another city in Libya, and even by practically hijacking a pilot and a small plane and forcing the pilot to take them to Benghazi, it as still about 5 a.m. before they got to the CIA annex. The attack had started at the consulate shortly after 9 p.m. the night before. The book did say Doherty and the security guys he brought with him were held up at the airport. I guess by some people in power in Libya? Although it didn't say exactly who did it.

    Anyway, there's a good bit of info if anyone want to check it out:  Here

    Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

    by teresahill on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 04:03:48 PM PDT

  •  We Don't Know Why The Ambassador Was There (0+ / 0-)

    ....which probably has nothing to do with with the outcome of the attack, but it would shed a lot of light on why it started.  

    Of course, that would just lead to more bullshit semantic hairsplitting ("terror" or "terrorism") from the GOP.

    Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 04:11:02 PM PDT

  •  Interesting how this was leaked, but (1+ / 0-)
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    not the actual details.

    Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency's missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency's workings.

    The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.

    It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.

    In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, "You don't jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well."

  •  Waiting on a Snow day... (0+ / 0-)

    We won't really know the details until Snowden decides to tell us... O.o

  •  Ah yes. Jake Tapper and these "sources". (1+ / 0-)
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    Lots and lots of "sources"

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 04:38:40 PM PDT

  •  It's totally not surprising that these types of (0+ / 0-)

    revelations are coming out. In a situation where you have a fairly unstabilized situation, and there are multiple, if not dozens or even thousands of "operators" on either side or both. or on no one's side but their own, it could conceivably take just one operator who is not up to the task to create total chaos.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 07:47:39 PM PDT

  •  So who is Jack Murhpy anyway? (0+ / 0-)

    I mean I never heard of the guy, but that doesn't mean much.  And it's not as if the US Government hasn't engaged in some pretty shady trades coughirancontracough in the past.  Meddling in the affairs of dragons, you sometimes get bitten.  To the power brokers, it's a cost of doing business.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 06:48:07 AM PDT

    •  From Democracy Now!: (0+ / 0-)

      "Jack Murphy served as an Airborne Ranger and Special Forces sergeant in Iraq and Afghanistan."  He is the co-author of an investigative book on Benghazi.  

      I'll refer you to a comment above by user teresahill.  That gives a good reference on the book.

  •  So maybe weDO need an investigation? (0+ / 0-)

    Not into the original issues, but something is certainly fishy between State and CIA according to this and the other articles mentioned below.

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