Update: Folks I’ve been watching Al Jazeera TV and from what they are saying, this incident will be used to censor Free Speech in America, i.e. Google, You Tube, Facebook. This is amazing if true…….the State Dept. may have had 48 hrs notice of the Libyan Embassy atttack. Wow! Then we have Obama going to Vegas for a fundraiser and the David Letterman show. Amazing. Of course Obama denies this. A U.S. official told POLITICO: “There’s no intelligence indicating that the attack in Benghazi was premeditated.”…But we also know this from Drudge as well: Egypt intelligence warns of attacks on Israel, US embassies
We also learn now: Reports: Marines Not Permitted Live Ammo: UPDATE: A Marine spokesperson at the Pentagon denied reports that U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition in a statement to Fox News Thursday.
Read the whole thing: Drudge
According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.
Mr Stevens had been on a visit to Germany, Austria and Sweden and had just returned to Libya when the Benghazi trip took place with the US embassy’s security staff deciding that the trip could be undertaken safely.
The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the “safe house” in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed “safe”.Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.
Read more: World Politics – World – The Independent.