The overlooked and "palpable" motive for the killing of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty is the President's Targeted Kill List (TKL). The evidence for the “quid pro quo” killing of Ambassador Stevens by al-Qaeda is compelling. Details released in Congressional reports and testimony on Capitol Hill hearings suggest Ambassador Stevens was lured to Benghazi by the Turkish Consul General, Ali Sait Akin, who wanted to meet Stevens on 9-11 in out-of-the-way Benghazi instead of the more-secure U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, where the Ambassador conducted the bulk of his diplomatic business.
For obvious reasons, 9-11 is a significant anniversary for al-Qaeda, but sources from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) also report a weapons buyback at the “special mission compound (aka SMC)” in Benghazi was scheduled that same day. Coincidence? Perhaps, but Ambassador Stevens final trip to eastern Libya marked his first visit to Benghazi in nearly a year.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Chris Stevens was a career diplomat who served almost exclusively as a political officer in the Middle East while at the State Department. During the civil war in Libya he secretly slipped into Benghazi aboard a merchant ship, the Al Entisar, in 2011 to establish liaison with al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood fighters to aid in their fight against Qaddafi. Then diplomat Stevens (aka CIA) worked directly with Abdel Hakim Belhadj's Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) during the Libyan revolution. Ironically or not, on September 6th, 2012 Turkey objected to the cargo of a merchant ship, the same Al Entisar, which was transporting 400 tons of weapons from Benghazi to Turkey for reported transfer to Syrian rebels. The man who organized that shipment, Tripoli Military Council head and former leader of LIFG was none other than Abdel Hakim Belhadj.
Al-Qaeda in Libya had been working with the US CIA to overthrow Qaddafi. In fact, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, a former CIA detainee, who had been shopped around the world through the U.S. rendition program landed in Libya where Qaddafi gladly cooperated with the U.S. CIA in holding him and according to some sources torturing him. However, he was freed in 2010 by Saif Qaddafi (the dictator’s son) and resumed leadership of the LIFG resistance movement, ostensibly putting his personal vendetta on hold to use American money and weapons to achieve the takeover of Libya. With Qaddafi deposed, Abdel Hakim Belhadj assumed control of the Libya interim government.
There can be little doubt Abdel Hakim Belhadj knew about Ambassador Stevens’ CIA connections.
A fateful drone strike in June would change everything inside Libya and put the Ambassador in an unwelcome spotlight.
"Local (Pakistani) tribesmen and American officials said that a C.I.A.-controlled drone fired on a compound early Monday morning (June 4, 2012). Word spread quickly among local tribesmen that Mr. (Abu Yahya al) Libi had been killed or wounded, and American intelligence officials using powerful satellite and other surveillance equipment listened and watched carefully for a sign of his fate."
As fate would have it, this event would become the precursor for Libyan al-Qaeda retribution against American CIA.
Intelligence on the ground in Benghazi points to a well-planned eight-hour attack on the SMC and Annex. The well-coordinated assaults on the Benghazi SMC as well as a nearby safe house (the CIA Annex) are believed to be in retaliation for a drone strike ordered by President Obama that killed Abu Yahya al-Libi, al-Qaeda's Number 2.
Later, confirmation comes from Libyan Interim President, Mohammed el-Megarif, who told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Libyan assault was preplanned and predetermined to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11 (not spontaneous demonstrations against an anti-Islamic film as the President and Ambassador Rice concocted to escape a political firestorm from an angry electorate).
"As the founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, he (Abdel Hakim Belhadj) is the superior of Bin Qumu, head of Ansar al-Sharia, and Wisam bin Hamid, head of Libya Shield, both of whom clearly participated in the attack.”
It’s further reported on Nov. 17, 2012, by Saudi-based publication Arab News by Ali Bluwi, that the attack on the Benghazi mission was carried out in revenge for the killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi, a senior Libyan member of Al-Qaeda. The article also reports that the U.S. Ambassador "prevented Abdel Hakim Belhadj from assuming the portfolio of defense (minister) or interior (minister) in Libya."
Abdel Hakim Belhadj also stated on Radio Darnah that the murder of U.S. Ambassador Stevens was retaliation for the killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi in a drone strike.
(Targeted Kill List) TKL
President Obama's enduring legacy will be the Targeted Kill Lists and Terror Tuesdays, one appointment where he feels comfortable wielding American power.
In disposing of more than 700 years of Anglo-American jurisprudence guarantying individuals basic natural human rights subject to the Rule of Law and due process in a court of law, the President relies on a 16-page DOJ White Paper.
The President also meets with his counterterrorism team regarding "Terror Tuesdays" to review the bio's of potential candidates for killing by drone or other means.
The New York Times reports the President, "When he applies his lawyering skills to counterterrorism, it is usually to enable, not constrain, his ferocious campaign against al Qaeda — even when it comes to killing an American cleric in Yemen, a decision that Mr. Obama told colleagues was 'an easy one.'" Shortly after taking the victory lap for killing al-Awlaki, the President issued orders for the CIA to kill the al-Qaeda cleric’s 16-year-old American son in Yemen, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union to file a lawsuit on behalf of the boy’s U.S. family.
American dissidents like Anwar al-Awlaki can now be placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials close to the White House.
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.
The Obama administration has taken, through some murky authority, the right to determine who will be placed on the TKL and who will be killed, whether Americans or foreigners, without being brought before a judge, or entitled to any due process rights of presenting evidence, refuting testimony, or explaining any mitigating circumstances.
Considering the number of erroneous entries into the no fly list it should be especially frightening to Americans that the Executive Branch of our government has assumed such rights and authority without a whimper from Congress or the Courts. We have come a long way from the Magna Carta.
How many more Ambassador Stevens retaliation killings will Americans face throughout the world because of the rogue actions of the President?
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