Gaddafi Loyalists — Not The Libyan Government Or U.S Aligned Rebels — Rescued Americans In Benghazi


Gaddafi Loyalists — Not The Libyan Government Or U.S Aligned Rebels — Rescued Americans In Benghazi

ALEX PFEIFFER
Reporter
28/06/2016
Americans rescued from the facility in Benghazi were saved by Gaddafi loyalists — not the Libyan government or the militia group contractually obligated to provide security, the final report from the House Select Committee on Benghazi reveals.

After lethal mortar attacks, a special operator in Benghazi testified that:

“We decided that the situation we had was untenable to stay at the compound. We didn’t have enough shooters and there were too many wounded, and we were definitely going to lose our State Department wounded if we had stayed there much longer.”

The Americans in the annex, though, did not have the security vehicles and “gun trucks” necessary to evacuate to the airport in Benghazi. Help would eventually arrive.

“The forces that arrived at the Annex shortly after the mortar attacks were able to transport all State Department and CIA personnel safely to the airport. The forces, known as Libyan Military Intelligence, arrived with 50 heavily-armed security vehicles,” the select committee’s report says.

The Libyan Military Intelligence was not part of the Libyan Government that the Obama administration supported. Neither was it a component of the “February 17 Martyrs Brigade, recommended by the Libyan Government and contractually obligated to provide security to the Mission Compound.”

The report also states that “the February 17 Martyrs Brigade militia, which provided interior armed security at the Benghazi Mission compound, informed the Diplomatic Security Agents two days before the Ambassador was scheduled to arrive it would no longer provide off-compound security.”

“Instead, Libya Military Intelligence—whom the CIA did not even know existed until the night of the attacks—were comprised of former military officers under the Qadhafi regime who had gone into hiding in fear of being assassinated, and wanted to keep their presence in Benghazi as quiet as possible so as to not attract attention from the militias in control of Benghazi,” the report later notes.

It continues to say, “In other words, some of the very individuals the United States had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution were the only Libyans that came to the assistance of the United States on the night of the Benghazi attacks. ”

American operatives on the ground only found out about the Libyan Military Intelligence group after a National Police officer described his capabilities as “next to helpless.”

“It was also this group, not groups previously given credit by previous investigations, that came to the rescue of the Americans in those early morning hours —likely saving dozens of lives as a result,” the select committee concluded.

 

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‘Feet or Buttocks?’ Shocking Video Shows Gaddafi’s Son Being Tortured in Libyan Prison


‘Feet or Buttocks?’ Shocking Video Shows Gaddafi’s Son Being Tortured in Libyan Prison

A video that shows Saadi Gaddafi, son of Libya’s late Muammar Qaddafi, being tortured in jail has been condemned by lawyers and rights groups.

The nine-minute video shows Saadi, 42, in a green tracksuit, being hooked up to an improvised rack, apparently while in custody at Tripoli’s maximum security al-Hadba prison. His bare feet are then caned.

Segments show him sitting blindfolded and forced to listen to screams of other detainees being beaten in an adjacent room.

WARNING: Some may find elements of video disturbing

linked to Hillary!

“It raises serious concerns about the methods used to interrogate al-Saadi Gaddafi and other detainees at al-Hadba prison,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East Director of Human Rights Watch.

“The Tripoli authorities need to urgently establish exactly what did occur.”

The video’s release, by Arabic network Clear News, has alarmed lawyers worried about the treatment of other detainees at al-Hadba, where former Gaddafi-era officials are held.

“This is a shocking video that raises questions about conditions inside the prison,” said Karim Khan QC, London-based lawyer for Libya’s former prime minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, also at al-Hadba. “The international community needs to demand a full investigation.”

Gaddafi is blindfolded by his captors, perhaps to prevent him from identifying those who are about to torture him. Photo: YouTube/Clear News

Saadi is facing trial on charges including killing a football player while head of Libya’s football federation. During his father’s time in power, he established a reputation as a playboy and had a brief unsuccessful career playing for several Italian football clubs.

The undated video, consisting of several segments, was apparently made by Saadi’s captors, some of whom are seen in the footage in military uniform. At one stage, a captor asks Saadi if he wants to be beaten on the “feet or buttocks”. He answers: “What kind of question is this? My feet.”

Al-Hadba is held by Libya Dawn, a militia alliance that controls Tripoli and is battling forces of the internationally recognised government based in the east of the country.

Gaddafi pleads with his captors as a metal rack with restraining straps is dragged into the room. Photo: YouTube/Clear News

Gaddafi is bound and helpless, his feet strapped to the rack. Photo: YouTube/Clear News

The release of the video comes a week after Tripoli authorities pronounced death sentences for Saadi’s older brother, Saif al-Islam , and eight other former Gaddafi-era officials, including Mahmoudi, after a trial condemned by rights groups and the United Nations as lacking due process. Saif al-Islam was tried in absentia, since he has been held since 2011 by a former rebel group in Zintan, a region beyond Tripoli’s control. Right groups say the verdict was riddled with flaws.

Despite the manner of his downfall, still enjoys pockets of goodwill.

In a rare demonstration, supporters in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday shouted “Muammar, Muammar”, but dispersed after opponents opened fire with guns and hurled rocks.

No-one appeared to have been hurt among dozens of supporters of Gaddafi.

The Gaddafi supporters waved pictures of the man who had ruled for 42 years, and demanded the release of Saif al-Islam.

“Only God, Muammar and Libya!” the crowd chanted and waved the green flags of the old regime.

They dispersed after other residents, some of them carrying the Libyan national flag, opened fire.

Residents said this was the first protest of Gaddafi loyalists in Libya’s second-largest city, the cradle of the revolution, since 2011.

Frustration has been building among Libyans with the country’s chaos as two governments fight for power with the help of former rebels who have fallen out along political, tribal and regional lines.

Benghazi has been especially hard hit as fighting between forces allied to the official government based in the east and Islamist groups has closed the port, choking off wheat, food and petrol imports.

Sidney Blumenthal, a long-time friend of the Clintons, claimed David Cameron backed a French plot to create a break away zone eastern Libya


Sidney Blumenthal, a long-time friend of the Clintons, claimed David Cameron backed a French plot to create a break away zone eastern Libya

Britain hid secret MI6 plan to break up Libya from US, Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton received several warnings from a friend that Britain was acting deceitfully in Libya Photo: Reuters

By Raf Sanchez, Washington

Britain acted deceitfully in Libya and David Cameron authorised an MI6 plan to “break up” the country, a close confidante of Hillary Clinton claimed in a series of secret reports sent to the then-secretary of state.

Sidney Blumenthal, a long-time friend of the Clintons, emailed Mrs Clinton on her personal account to warn her that Britain was “game playing” in Libya.

Mr Blumenthal had no formal role in the US State Department and his memos to Mrs Clinton were sourced to his own personal contacts in the Middle East and Europe.

Nevertheless, Mrs Clinton seems to have taken some of his reports seriously and forwarded them on to senior diplomats working at the highest levels of American foreign policy.

The first of Mr Blumenthal’s Libya memos – which were leaked to the New York Times – was sent on April 8, 2011, as rebel forces struggled to make gains against Gaddafi’s troops, and had “UK game playing” in the subject line.

The memo warned that British diplomats and MI6 officers were maintaining secret back channels with the Gaddafi regime “in an effort to protect the British position in the event that the rebellion settles into a stalemate”.

Muammar Gaddafi / Photo: REUTERS

 

 

Mr Blumenthal claimed that MI6 spies were in discussions with Saif Gaddafi, the dictator’s son, “regarding future relations between the two countries if he takes over power from his father and implements reforms”.

The memo also claims that the Libyan rebels were deeply suspicious of Britain and suspected that the UK would be “satisfied with a stalemate” in which Gaddafi or his family stayed in power in part of the country.

Their suspicions were stoked when Gaddafi’s foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, defected to Britain in March 2011, Mr Blumenthal claimed. The rebels apparently saw the defection as evidence that Britain had secret lines of communication with the highest ranks of the Gaddafi regime.

Extract from the email:

Eight minutes after receiving Mr Blumenthal’s email, Mrs Clinton forwarded it on to one of her most senior aides. She did not comment on the allegations about Britain. A week later, she met with William Hague, the then-foreign secretary at a Nato summit in Berlin.

Perhaps unbeknownst to Mr Blumenthal, who was working for Bill Clinton’s global charity at the time and not privy to classified information, the CIA was maintaining its own back channels to Gaddafi.

Michael Morell, the CIA’s deputy director, spoke regularly to Abdullah Senussi, the head of Gaddafi’s internal intelligence service, even as US aircraft were bombing regime forces on the battlefield.

Mr Blumenthal emailed Mrs Clinton about Britain again on March 8, 2012 with the subject: “France & UK behind Libya breakup”.

By this time Gaddafi was dead and his regime had collapsed and a provisional government, the Libyan National Transitional Council, was trying to assert its authority across the country.

Mr Blumenthal told Mrs Clinton that MI6 and its French counterpart, the DGSE, were secretly encouraging rebels in eastern Libya to establish “a semi-autonomous zone” outside the control of the new government.

The plot was allegedly instigated by advisors to the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, who believed that the new Libyan government was not “rewarding” French businesses for France’s role in overthrowing Gaddafi.

He alleged that MI6 joined in the plan “at the instruction of the office of Prime Minister David Cameron“.

“The French and British intelligence officials believe that the semi-autonomous regime in the eastern city of Benghazi will be able to organise business opportunities in that region,” he wrote.

Extract from the email:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Clinton seems to have been sceptical about the report and forwarded it on to her aide Jake Sullivan with the comment: “This one strains credulity. What do you think?”

Mrs Clinton’s aides appear unimpressed with the stream of emails coming from Mr Blumenthal and Mr Sullivan replied that the MI6 allegations sounded like “like a thin conspiracy theory”.

Mrs Clinton was asked about the emails during a campaign appearance in Iowa and said Mr Blumenthal had been “a friend of mine for a very long time”.

“He sent unsolicited emails which I passed on in some instances. That’s just part of the give and take,” she said.

The Foreign Office did not respond to a request for comment.

Mr Blumenthal memos have aroused interest in the US because they appear to show a blurring of the lines between Mrs Clinton’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation set up by her husband.

Although he had no role in the State Department, he was working for the Clinton Foundation and various political groups allied with Mrs Clinton, according to the New York Times.

Mr Blumenthal worked in Bill Clinton’s White House and was known for fierce loyalty to both the Clintons and for aggressively confronting their critics.

Aides to Barack Obama prevented Mrs Clinton from bringing him into the State Department in 2009, believing that he would only stir up trouble after the bitterly-fought election battle between Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton.

Intel shows Libyans feared Al-Qaeda fighters were armed by NATO in Gaddafi ouster


Intel shows Libyans feared Al-Qaeda fighters were armed by NATO in Gaddafi ouster

Reuters/Yaser Al-Khodor

Reuters/YaserAl-Khodor

 

It’s a shame that Russia Today comes today to tell us what we were saying from the beginning of the illegal war in 2011. Apparently they had to live the same scenario with Ukraine and have realized that they had wronged Libya, the Libyan people and the President Muammar Qaddafi, its their first article that they do not mention him as a dictator…

They had to re-live the nightmare in Ukraine and now Russia is sanctioned making the lives of the Russian people difficult to bear. It’s a little too late but not too late to realize that they were wrong, so now they are giving information of things that we had revealed and everybody was saying we are conspiracy theorists well here is the RT truth. I only hope that everybody realizes that today its our country tomorrow it will be yours.

Secret intelligence reports from 2011 allegedly show that officials in Libya were concerned that arms were being funneled to NATO-backed rebels linked to Al-Qaeda in the midst of the ouster that removed President Muammar Gaddafi from power.

The Washington Times reported Monday that classified reports obtained by the newspaper indicate Libyans were worried that weapons were being distributed from “Western source or their allies in the region” to anti-Gaddafi rebels.

Libyan intelligence included a 16-page list of weapons, the paper reported, supposedly supplied to rebels feared to be aligned with extremist groups that continue to operate campaigns of terrorism in the region.

The Washington Times report does not include explicit details about the document’s origin, but alleges it was prepared in English so it could be passed on to American officials. An “US intelligence asset familiar with the documents and a former Gaddafi regime official corroborated its contents, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro wrote for the paper.

According to Shapiro, the report linked a plan to supply extremist-affiliated, anti-Gaddafi rebels to the NATO alliance.

“NATO has given permission to a number of weapons-loaded aircraft to land at Benghazi airport and some Tunisian airports, he quotes from the document.

“There is a close link between al Qaeda, Jihadi organizations and the opposition in Libya,” reads another excerpt. *****(Like Hassi (Who now is in Tripoli causing chaos and he belongs to HMS), Abdulhakim Belhaj (Who is the Leader of Libyan Islamic Fighting Group invented in the late 70’s by CIA now it’s dissolved and its named DAASH), Libyan Dawn ( a bunch of criminals together with some psychopaths like Badi origin from Misurata and we call them Jews because they are), Dignity (Haftar who is a CIA asset wants to become like the Late Qaddafi but has no testicles for the job and nobody trusts him as he is a wimp and not a leader), Sunrise (another bunch of criminals have no ideology just they like to kill), Al Sharaia(they are imported from Afghanistan and other regions just to cause chaos), Al Qaeda (you already know them) and other terrorist groups all TRAINED, FINANCED BY THE GOOD OLD USA through Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.)

According to the Washington Times, the intelligence report and recorded conversations also obtained by the newspaper indicate Libyan officials expressed particular concern that the weapons and training given the rebels would spread throughout the region, in particular turning the city of Benghazi into a future terrorist haven.”

Indeed, an attack on a US consulate building in the Libyan capital occurred the following year on September 11, resulting in the deaths of four Americans, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens. That incident is expected to be the biggest obstacle that Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State at the time, will have to go up against if she enters the 2016 presidential race as largely expected. ****(That was an inside job and we have all the proofs for it and dead men do not tell lies but there is a paper trail)

Monday’s report concerning the supposed Libyan intelligence reports is described by the paper as being the final part in a three-article series that since last week has raised new questions about Clinton’s knowledge of the Benghazi tragedy while in office.

According to an article published last Wednesday by the Washington Times, telephone recordings obtained by the paper suggest that Pentagon and Democratic Party officials abandoned Clinton in 2011 and instead opened their own channel of communication with the Gaddafi regime as the Libyan leader came under increasing scrutiny from his own people. Gaddafi was killed in October 2011 in the midst of the civil war.

Libya gunmen kill top government official in Benghazi


Libya gunmen kill top government official in Benghazi

Miitig’s spokesman

TRIPOLI – Gunmen assassinated a top government intelligence official in Benghazi on Thursday, a day after a political leader in the flashpoint city of eastern Libya rejected the election of a new prime minister. ****(Its funny what kind of intelligence the man was to get shot? Abdullah Senussi from the previous regime who was the head of Intelligence and was the most hated man in Libya was very good at his job, that he stayed alive till he was extradited from Mauritania just shows how incapable are these people. Just saying)

Colonel Ibrahim al-Senussi Akila, head of general intelligence in Benghazi, was shot dead near the Medical Centre in the centre of the Mediterranean city, a security source said.

“He was in his car when unknown assailants opened fire. He was hit twice, once in the neck,” the source said.

Benghazi was the cradle of the 2011 uprising that ousted longtime  Moammer Qaddafi and has since been plagued by violence that has killed dozens of members of the security forces, judges and foreigners.

Forces seeking autonomy for Benghazi’s Cyrenaica region challenged the central government by occupying oil terminals in the east last summer, shutting down exports.

On Monday, the parliament speaker confirmed the appointment of Ahmed Miitig as Libya’s new premier, after a chaotic vote in the General National Congress highlighting tensions between Islamists and liberals.

But Miitig’s election has been rejected by several lawmakers and Abu Sahmein’s own deputy.

– Miitig election ‘illegal’ –

On Wednesday night, Ali al-Hassi, spokesman for a self-proclaimed autonomous government in eastern Libya, rejected Miitig’s election.

“We refuse to deal with Mr Miitig because his election was illegal,” Ali al-Hassi told Al-Nabaa television.

And Abd Rabou al-Baraassi, who heads the Cyrenaica body, called for a new election for premier.

Last July, eastern militias seized four key oil terminals, launching a blockade that slashed Libyan exports from 1.5 million barrels per day to just 250,000 bpd.

In April, the government struck a deal to end the standoff, which has cost it more than $14 billion (10.1 billion euros) in lost revenues.

Under that deal, the army has retaken control of two of the terminals, and the OPEC oil cartel has said it expects Libyan exports to recover to 1.0 million barrels per day by-mid June. ****(they hope!)

But negotiations are still continuing for the return of the other two.

And Wednesday’s rejection of Miitig by the easterners threatens to put at risk implementation of the agreement.

The post of prime minister has proved both challenging and dangerous.

Ex-premier Ali Zeidan, voted out by parliament for failing to prevent a rebel oil shipment in March, was kidnapped by gunmen last year and held for several hours.

Last month Zeidan’s defence minister, Abdullah al-Thani, was appointed to replace him.

But Thani, under whom the deal on the oil terminals was negotiated, quit after just five days, saying he and his family had been attacked.

Baraassi denounced what he said was “procrastination” by the central government in fulfilling its side of the agreement, which included paying back wages to the terminals’ guards.

He accused Islamists in parliament of causing delays, saying “they want to control the ports and oil revenues in Libya through their militias.”

 

source: Middle East Online