For all you 12-year olds -- what are you doing reading this blog? But is there anyone on the planet who doesn't yet know that the spontaneous attack on the U.S. embassy in Cairo was a straight-up al Qaeda-planned op? So unless you just can't get enough details on the Cairo op, the only really interesting part of Thomas Joscelyn's Nov 1 report for Long War Journal, Old school Egyptian jihadists linked to 9/11 Cairo protest, Benghazi suspect is that it's now pretty much in the bag that there's a significant link between one of the instigators of the September 11 Cairo attack and the armed attackers who struck the Benghazi mission on the same day.
The funny part -- if you like this kind of humor -- is Tom's Nov 2 report, Egypt arrests pro-al Qaeda jihadist tied to Benghazi suspect. Gosh I hope this guy doesn't die falling down the stairs at the police station or from committing suicide by two bullets to the brain before U.S. authorities can question him.
Speaking of U.S. authorities trying to question suspects tied to the Benghazi attack, you'll never guess who wangled access to the Tunisian 'suspect' now in Tunisia -- the one who was placed inside the Benghazi mission on the night of the attack by a CCTV camera at the mission. Nope, not the President of the United States, not the Secretary of State; they got told to bug off when they asked whether some of their people could question him. It was two Republican Senators, loaded for bear. From today's Washington Times:
The Tunisian government has granted American authorities in-person access to a suspect in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to two Republican senators.Now if only senators Graham and Chambliss got as forceful with Pakistan's regime we might finally see real progress in the War on Terror.
Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia have been working closely to push for U.S. access to the suspect, Ali Ani al Harzi, a Tunisian citizen who allegedly was caught on video during the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
On Friday, Mr. Graham and Mr. Chambliss said the Tunisian government has agreed to allow U.S. investigators in-person access to al Harzi.
"We are very pleased the Tunisian government is working with American investigators to allow in-person access to Ali Ani al Harzi," the two senators said in a joint statement. "Under this arrangement, the interviews will be under Tunisian supervision and consistent with their sovereignty and meets the needs of our investigative team."
Mr. Graham, the ranking Republican on the foreign aid appropriations subcommittee, Wednesday threatened Tunisia with a possible suspension of U.S. aid if the country refused to grant U.S. authorities access al Harzi.