By Jim Kouri
U.S. Intelligence officials are finally speaking out and confirming what experts believed from day one of the Muslim uprisings in Libya and Egypt on Sept. 11, 2012: the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a deliberate and planned act of terrorism and is linked to the activities of al-Qaeda. Now members of the intelligence community revealed on Thursday that a former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee, al-Qaeda’s Sufyan Ben Qumu, was involved in the attack, it’s just not known to what degree.
When he was released from Gitmo in 2007, it was with the understanding that Moamar Khadaffi, the Libyan dictator, would imprison Ben Qumu. But during the uprising in Libya that eventually ousted and killed Khadaffi, the Libyan rebels — some of whom were tied to terrorist organizations — released prisoners from Khadaffi’s jails including Sufyan Ben Qumu.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that [Attorney General] Eric Holder’s law firm at the time had something to do with Ben Qumu’s release from Gitmo. Holder’s firm specialized in helping terrorists imprisoned for killing and assaulting Americans,” said former police detective Jacob Schencke. “Holder appears to have a fondness for America’s enemies that’s now become policy in the Justice Department.”
According to the latest intelligence figures, of the 602 detainees released, 168 of them are either confirmed or suspected of returning to their terrorist activities. Of the 168 released, 17 were killed and 52 were recaptured.
“It’s amazing all the interesting facts one can learn from intelligence briefings. There’s all sorts of stuff you don’t quite encounter when hanging out at Beyonce and Jay Z’s party drinking $100,000 of champagne from two story tall bottles, or joking around with David Letterman on his show,” Schencke quipped.
The Director of National Intelligence must submit an annual summary consistent with direction in the Fiscal Year 2012 Intelligence Authorization Act, Section 307, which states: “The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Secretary of Defense, is supposed to make publicly available an unclassified summary of intelligence relating to recidivism of detainees currently or formerly held at the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by the Department of Defense”
In addition, the DNI must include an assessment of the likelihood that such detainees will engage in terrorism or communicate with persons in terrorist organizations.
According to the James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, “Based on trends identified during the past ten years, we assess that if additional detainees are transferred without conditions from Gitmo, some will reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities. Transfers to countries with ongoing conflicts and internal instability as well as active recruitment by insurgent and terrorist organizations pose a particular problem.”