The title of a recently released Fox News article is “DHS report warned LAST WEEK of call for ‘burning the embassy down‘ in Cairo” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/19/dhs-report-warned-last-week-call-for-burning-embassy-down-in-cairo/). WOW.
“Fox News has obtained a three-page intelligence report showing that two days before the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, a statement incited “sons of Egypt” to pressure America to release the so-called blind sheikh “EVEN IF IT REQUIRES BURNING THE EMBASSY DOWN WITH EVERYONE IN IT“. WOW. This is the first THREAT.
“The DHS report, released on Sept. 11 (2012), said an “unidentified user” on an Arabic-language forum posted the statement “INCITING Egyptians to TARGET the U.S. Embassy, indicating the U.S. Embassy SHOULDN’T remain in Egypt” until Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the blind sheikh, is released. Abdel-Rahman, who played a role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other attacks, is serving a life sentence in U.S. prison”. DHS released this report on SEP 11 of all days TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PAID ATTENTION TO IT.
“The DHS document described the source of the warning as “FAIRLY reliable“, which again means that WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION/this is something that we CANNOT IGNORE.
“The Sept. 9 (2012) statement said “THE TIME HAS COME FOR A STRONG MOVEMENT FROM YOU, O sons of Egypt, to release the detained” sheikh. Let your slogan be: NO to the American Embassy in Egypt UNTIL our detained sheikh is released“. These people MEAN BUSINESS/THEY AREN’T FOOLING AROUND.
“STARTING NOW, let the faithful among you form follow-up committees in charge of taking the necessary measures to FORCE America to release the sheikh — EVEN IF it requires BURNING THE EMBASSY DOWN WITH EVERYONE IN IT“. FRIGHTENING.
“Asked about that alleged warning, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stressed Tuesday (September 18, 2012) that everything is “under INVESTIGATION in terms of what precipitated the attacks“, but WILL THIS REDUCE THE THREAT?
“Meanwhile, lawmakers raised concern Wednesday that the Obama administration might actually be considering the sheikh’s release. Several Republican chairmen of top House committees wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referencing a Breitbart.com report claiming the State Department was “actively negotiating” with Egypt’s president (Mohammed Morsi) about transferring the blind sheikh to Egyptian custody”.
“State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland denied the report”. On Wednesday (September 19 2012), she said: “Let me say as clearly as I can (that) THERE IS NO plan to release the blind sheikh, THERE IS NO PLAN.TO MY KNOWLEDGE, we HAVE NOT been approached about it recently by ANY senior Egyptians”.
“But House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King and others wrote to Holder and Clinton saying they were “CONCERNED” about the reports”. “”IF these reports are true, such considerations would be EXTREMELY DISCONCERTING as release of this CONVICTED TERRORIST SHOULD NOT HAPPEN FOR ANY REASON. The blind sheikh INSPIRED the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, ORDERED the 1997 MASSACRE of WESTERN tourists at Luxor, Egypt, and issued the Islamic religious ruling that Osama bin Laden relied upon to justify THE TERROR ATTACKS of September 11, 2001. … While considerations regarding the blind sheikh’s release would be disturbing in ANY context, they are particularly ALARMING given recent events. The 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks was marked by the assassination of America’s ambassador to Libya and an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. The violence in Egypt has been attributed, in part, to that government’s DEMANDS for the blind sheikh’s release. SUCCUMBING to the demands of a country whose citizens threaten our embassy and the Americans serving in it would send a clear message that acts of VIOLENCE will be responded to with APPEASEMENT rather than STRENGTH“. Again Republicans are pushing their national security credentials, their PERCEIVED area of expertise.
So if these attacks were anticipated, WHY WASN’T ANYTHING TO STOP IT?