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Secret Service Joins Probe into Violent Clash Between Protesters And Erdogan Bodyguards


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service, State Department and D.C. police are investigating a violent clash between protesters and allies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside the Turkish embassy in Washington.

Protesters were calling for the release of a Kurdish opposition party leader last week when they were violently attacked by a group of men that included Erdogan’s bodyguards.

Video shows allies of Erdogan, who was watching the melee, brutally attacking protesters, many of whom were left bleeding on the ground.

D.C. police eventually were able to separate the two groups, but not before several protesters were beaten so severely they needed to be hospitalized.

“The investigation is being conducted by the MPD, U.S. Secret Service, and Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service,” a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon. “All three law enforcement organizations are actively sharing information.‎ However, as we have indicated before, as this is an ongoing investigation we will not go into specifics.”  

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

 

Rep. Issa/gov photo

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.”

Investigation: State Department Failed to Properly Secure U.S. Consulate in Libya

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The State Department was blasted for having inadequate security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, during an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, National Public radio reports.

The report by the Accountability and Review Board, released Tuesday night, criticized the State Department for relying heavily on Libyan militias for protection and ignoring calls for more security, NPR wrote.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the panel to investigate security at the consulate and make recommendations for preventing another attack.

NPR reported that the U.S. is sending hundreds of additional Marine guards to high-threat areas overseas.

Homeland Security Expert: Libya Needs Help with ‘Fragile’ Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The U.S. has failed to support Libya after the killing of its longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in October 2011, said former Homeland Security adviser Fran Townsend, CNN reports.

Townsend made the remarks Wednesday morning after the killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.

Townsend said the country has a “very fragile” state of security, CNN reported.

“The first indication of a working democracy if that it can protect its own people,” Townsend said. “And Libya is struggling. I was there. To take in the military elements, the ministry of interior and border guards [are] trying to get the equipment they need. And the attention of the international community, quite frankly, has turned elsewhere.”

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