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9/11 Terrorist Attack on Libya - Timeline
Transcript of 9/11 Terrorist Attack on Libya - Timeline
Several security threats occur against U.S. installations in Libya. July 2012:
An American releases on YouTube a 13-minute trailer for an anti-Islam video. Sept. 8:
Jamal Mabrouk, security member at the U.S. consulate meets with U.S. diplomats in Benghazi to say the security situation there is "frightening," he recounts to CNN in an interview after the attack. Sept. 10:
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri appears on an Internet video calling for Libyans to avenge the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi, his Libyan deputy, killed in a drone strike in June Sept 11:
Egyptians attack the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, raising the flag of al-Qaeda in place of the U.S. flag. The embassy releases a statement condemning "the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims," in reference to the U.S. video. White House spokesman Jay Carney insists: "The protests we're seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie." Carney denies the White House was aware... "...the story is absolutely wrong. We were not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent. That report is false." President of Libya's general National Congress Mohammed Magarief contradicts the Obama administration, saying there is "no doubt that this (attack) was pre-planned, predetermined." Sept. 18:
Obama on The Late Show: "Here's what happened. You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here... so this caused great offense in much of the Muslim world." Sept. 19:
The first U.S. administration official to testify on the matter, Director of National Intelligence Matthew Olsen, says the Americans in Benghazi were killed "in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy." Obama in Univision: "What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests." Sept. 21:
Clinton says at a meeting with Pakistan's foreign minister that, "What happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack." Sept. 25:
Obama in the View:
"What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests." Sept. 26:
NBC's Today Show, Libya's Magarief contradicts Obama. The attack was a pre-planned act of terrorism "directed against American citizens." Oct. 9:
Suddenly, ahead of the Congressional hearing the State Department admits the attack on the American consulate in Libya was not a protest over a You Tube video GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney releases a statement embargoed for midnight condemning the attacks and criticizing the Obama administration for blaming the American filmmaker instead of the attackers. The White House repudiates the original U.S. Embassy statement, saying it was released without proper approval. The Obama campaign attacks Romney for issuing his statement before an investigation is complete. Sept 12:
Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens is reported dead with three other Americans in the Benghazi attack. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton condemns "this senseless act of violence," saying some have sought to justify the attack and protests "as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet."
President Obama says in a Rose Garden statement that an investigation is underway. He condemns the attackers and in an allusion to the video he says the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but all must oppose such senseless violence against public servants. U.S. intelligence agencies conclude internally that the incident was a planned terror attack likely by al-Qaeda affiliates on the embassy in order to release resources to respond, according to reports from several news media outlets. Obama is interviewed on 60 Minutes and defends his Mideast policies as aligning the USA with democracy, saying, "There are going to be bumps in the road."
Republican members of Congress say they have been told by intelligence officials that the Benghazi attack was a well-planned assault timed to the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, not an anti-video protest gone awry. Sept. 13:
Clinton issues a statement saying, "There is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence." Sept. 14:
Clinton: "We've seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with." Sept. 16:
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice appears on five Sunday talks shows and says the attacks were spontaneous eruptions over the anti-Islam video, saying, "This was not a pre-planned, premeditated attack."
A diary belonging to Stevens found in the burned-out Benghazi consulate by a reporter for CNN indicates Stevens was concerned about security threats. Sept. 20:
Carney, when asked about Olsen's testimony, says it is "self-evident" that it was a terrorist attack. Oct. 10 -
Security in Libya drawn down before attack - At Congressional Hearing, Lt Colonel Andrew Wood: "The security in Benghazi was a struggle and remained a struggle throughout my time there ... Diplomatic security remained weak."
"The regional security officer struggled to obtain additional personnel in Benghazi... was never able to attain the numbers he felt comfortable with." Obama said during the speech that “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation” Ed Henry, FOX News, to Jay Carney: Undersecretary Kennedy did a conference call with Congressional staffers and others, the day after the attacks, and said then this was not a protest, this was not a spontaneous reaction to the anti-Muslim video... did you and others mislead the public because you didn't want to admit there was a terror attack?
Jay Carney, White House: Absolutely not. The president of the United States referred to it as an attack of terror immediately after it occurred, Ed, as you know. 9/12 9/11 So Obama uses the words "acts of terror" in a completely different context and now the White House can say that he's been saying from the beginning that this was a "TERRORIST ATTACK?" Are we supposed to ignore the fact he's been calling this a protest related to a video? The Obama administration continues to lie. Vote for Freedom REALLY? Wasn't everyone in the administration calling this a protest resulting from a VIDEO all along until about the end of September?