“(CNN) — More than two weeks after four Americans — including the U.S. ambassador to Libya — were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, FBI agents have not yet been granted access to investigate in the eastern Libyan city, and the crime scene has not been secured, sources said.
“They’ve gotten as far as Tripoli now, but they’ve never gotten to Benghazi,” CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend said Wednesday, citing senior law enforcement officials.
Last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that an FBI team had reached Libya earlier in the week.
“In fairness to the secretary, it may be that she wanted to be coy about where they were in Libya for security concerns. That’s understandable. But the fact is, it’s not clear they’ve been in Libya for very long,” Townsend said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°.”
“They had difficulty, and we understand there was some bureaucratic infighting between the FBI and Justice Department on the one hand, and the State Department on the other, and so it took them longer than they would have liked to get into country. They’ve now gotten there. But they still are unable to get permission to go to Benghazi.”
FBI agents have made a request through the U.S. State Department for the crime scene to be secured, Townsend said, but that has not happened.
“The senior law enforcement official I spoke to said, ‘If we get there now, it’s not clear that it will be of any use to us,’” Townsend said.
Which is an incredible admission, and total crap. It’s SOP for the FBI to be on the scene in less than 72 hours after an attack. It’s established protocal that has been used in every foreign terrorist attack over the last 30 years.
Here’s the FBI account pre-9/11 of the investigation after the bombing of the USS Cole.
We quickly sent to Yemen more than 100 agents from our Counterterrorism Division, the FBI Laboratory, and various field offices. Director Louis Freeh arrived soon after to assess the situation and to meet with the President of Yemen. On November 29, a guidance document was signed between the U.S. State Department and the Yemeni government setting protocols for questioning witnesses and suspects. FBI and Yemeni investigators proceeded with interviews, and a large amount of physical evidence was shipped back to the FBI Laboratory for examination.
“Our photographers took pictures of the crime scene that assisted in identifying the victims and provided detailed photographic information regarding the impact of the explosion. Later, our personnel from the FBI Lab, as well as bomb technicians and agents from our New York and Jackson Field Offices, traveled to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where the Cole had been brought, to examine the ship for additional evidence.”
Here’s the USS Cole being transported to Pasagoula Mississippi.
Another blurb about the attacks the on American embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1998. Again no problem getting on the ground to investigate.
” Two hundred and twenty-four people died in the blasts, including 12 Americans, and more than 4,500 people were wounded. In the aftermath of the attacks, over 900 FBI special agents alone—and many more FBI employees—traveled overseas to assist in the recovery of evidence and the identification of victims at the bombsites and to track down the perpetrators. Extraordinary efforts from our federal and international partners led to the identification, arrest, and extradition to the United States of four members of the al Qaeda terrorist network for their role in the bombings. An American jury found each terrorist guilty, and all were sentenced to life imprisonment in 2000 for their roles in the conspiracy.”
In all these examples the FBI was as the scene within hours of the attacks. As we know CNN corespondents were all over the crime scene even securing the private diary of Amb. Chris Stevens right after the attack. Are we to believe that CNN is more efficient at getting to, securing and investigating a crime seen than the FBI of the Obama administration?
Secondly, there should be no infighting between the SD, FBI, the fixes put in place after 9/11 supposedly solved those walls to cooperation. The fact is that it appears that the State Department stonewalled the investigation. As I wrote before there was a coordinated effort from high ups to squash any talk of a terrorist attack and instead to present the story that the attack was spontaneous and based sorely on a video. After two weeks the administration, after being exposed on it, finally came around to admitting what they knew all along.
Regardless, heads should roll over this. That the US Government is in such disarray that it can’t even properly investigate the death of a US Ambassador at the hands of terrorist means that America is in dire peril right now.
Really, all you need to know is captured on Foxnews.com.
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