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Justice Department Files First Charges in Attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly a year after protesters barged into the U.S. consulate in Benghazi , Libya, and killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the Justice Department filed the first criminal charges in the case, the Washington Post reports

According to numerous reports, the Justice Department filed an unspecified number of counts in the September 2012 attack on the consulate.

“The department’s investigation is ongoing. It has been, and remains, a top priority,” said Justice Department spokesman Andrew C. Ames, who declined to comment further.

Details remain unclear, but members of Congress are pressing the administration for more than charges.

“Osama bin Laden had been criminally charged long before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but was not apprehended,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a statement. “Delays in apprehending the suspected Benghazi killers,” Issa added, “will only put American lives at further and needless risk.”

FBI Not Informed That Suspect in Libya Attacks Was Released from Tunisian Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Tunisian court released a leading suspect in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, without telling the FBI, Fox News reports.

Before the release of Ali Ani al-Harzi, the FBI interviewed the terrorism suspect last month for about two hours, Fox News wrote.

The interrogation was not sufficient to determine whether al-Harzi was involved in the attack, officials told Fox News.

An extremist group with ties to Al Qaeda posted a video purportedly of al-Harzi walking away from court Jan. 7.

“A lot of these groups are emboldened after Benghazi and after a series of basically missteps by the American government trying to investigate what happened in Benghazi,”  Tom Joscelyn, with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said. ”

He continued: “We’re still compiling the evidence on how these groups are interlinked,” Joscelyn said. “But here you have with al-Harzi, you have an individual who was involved in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. We know that members of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi were involved in that same attack and now we know that Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia has been celebrating and really urging for the release of al-Harzi in Tunis. Therefore you’re seeing this common interest in what happened in Benghazi and the individuals responsible.”

FBI Agents Finally Reach Libyan City Where Four Americans Were Killed in Attack on U.S. Consulate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A team of FBI agents finally arrived in Benghazi, Libya, to investigate the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate and has narrowed the suspects to one or two people in an extremist group, the Associated Press reports.

The AP said agents swooped in before dawn Thursday and left after about 12 hours following weeks of waiting to access the scene of the attack that left Ambassador J. Christopher Sevens and three other Americans dead.

The agents were joined by several dozens U.S. special operations forces, the AP reported, citing an unnamed senior Defense Department official.

The FBI said the agents visited “the relevant locations” in the city, but would not say whether any evidence was found.

A U.S. counterterrorism official said the probe has focused on one or two suspects in the Libya-based extremist group Ansar al-Shariah.

FBI Team Arrives in Libya to Investigate Deaths of Four Americans

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A team of FBI agents is in Libya to investigate the killings of four Americans during an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the Washington Post reports.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday an undisclosed number of agents arrived in Libya following delays fueled by concerns about continued violence, according to the Post.

“The FBI has joined the investigation on the ground in Libya and we will not rest until the people who orchestrated this attack are found and punished,” Clinton told reporters, the Washington Post reported.

The attack on the consulate, which was spurred by an anti-Muslim video, killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other State Department employees.