While claiming credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden (OBL), President Barack Obama was forging an alliance with al-Qaeda, first, to overthrow the government of Libya, and now, the government of Syria. This reckless and lawless policy of allying with the perpetrators of 9/11/2001, and now, 9/11/2012, to conduct war without the consent of Congress, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, runs the immediate danger of leading to world war, which can only mean thermonuclear war.
This is “the elephant in the room,” which explains why the Obama Administration has lied and attempted to cover up the true facts about Benghazi. The policy of allying with al-Qaeda, and covering up that alliance and its consequences, is, indeed an impeachable offense. The President of the United States as well as all members of the Senate and the Congress swear an oath to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.” The President has violated that oath. The question is whether members of Congress will have the courage to fight for the truth and for justice on behalf of the victims of this criminal policy and will uphold their own oath of office.
The recent report issued by the Senate Homeland Security Committee states that DNI Clapper offered to provide the committee with a detailed timeline regarding the development of the talking points used by UN Ambassador Susan Rice, but despite repeated requests has not done so. The timeline has reportedly not been delivered “because the Administration has spent weeks debating internally whether or not it should turn over information considered ‘deliberative’ to the Congress.” Thus, Obama seems to be moving in the direction of covering up his lies by asserting executive privilege regarding so-called “deliberative” discussions as he did in the case of Operation Fast and Furious.
This updated fact sheet presents the presently available evidence from the public domain. A serious Congressional investigation would uncover far more. Here are the facts known thus far:
The Case of Libya
In the case of Libya, the evidence is overwhelming. Under the guise of humanitarian interventionism, President Obama ordered American military forces to create a no-fly zone, provide close air cover for and approved the provision of weapons to al-Qaeda groupings to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi. He did this in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Resolution.
The opposition in Libya was dominated by the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which was created in the 1990s by Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who had fought with al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, from 1988 to 1992. (On Feb. 15, 2011, the LIFG changed its name to the Libyan Islamic Movement for Change.) After Kabul fell in 1992, Belhadj moved to Sudan with Osama bin Laden.
In 1995, British MI6 approached the LIFG, many of whose leading members resided in the U.K., to carry out a coup against Qaddafi. After the coup and four assassination attempts against Qaddafi failed, many members of the LIFG were jailed in the Abu Selim prison in Tripoli.
Four leading members of the LIFG, who later participated in the overthrow of Qaddafi, escaped back to Afghanistan in 1998 where they provided training to al-Qaeda in camps situated in Jalalabad and Kabul.
Kronos Advisory LLC in its Dec. 16, 2011 report “A View to Extremist Currents in Libya” reports that JTF-GTMO analysts have asserted that most LIFG fighters fought with bin Laden in Afghanistan and trained at the OBL-sponsored Torkham Camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. LIFG fighters played a critical role preparing al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters for operations targeting Western forces. Leaked JIF-GTMO detainee assessments reveal training provided at a camp in Afghanistan by one LIFG military committee official was so renowned that Yemeni al-Qaeda member Zuhail Abdo Anam Said al-Sharabi, who underwent training to become a suicide bomber for an aborted component of the original 9/11 attacks, told interrogators he traveled to Afghanistan to undergo training there to prepare for participation in the 9/11 plot.
A note contained in the 9/11 Commission Report reveals that the so-called mastermind of the 9/11 attack, Khalid Shaykh Mohammad, claimed to have provided members of the LIFG computer training.
LIFG member Abu Anas al-Libi was indicted along with Osama bin Laden for the August 7, 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is now believed to be operating clandestinely in Libya.
JTF-GTMO detainee assessments reveal the LIFG’s guesthouse in Jalalabad, Afghanistan was visited by many prominent terrorists, including in 2000 by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who later became the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
In 2001, when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, Belhadj, who had returned to Afghanistan in 1998, fled to Tora Bora with Osama bin Laden. Sami al-Saadi, the spiritual leader of the LIFG, elected to stay in Kabul to fight the U.S. forces. Both eventually escaped. Two other members of the LIFG who later participated in the Obama-led overthrow of Qaddafi, were arrested by the Pakistanis and handed over to the U.S. They were Abul Hakim al-Hasadi and Abu Sufian bin Qumu, both originally from Derna, Libya. Al-Hasadi, who had fought for five years in Afghanistan, was sent back to Libya and jailed. When he was released in 2008, he recruited Libyans to join Al-Qaeda to fight the U.S. in Iraq. Qumu was sent to Guantanamo until he was later returned to Abu Salim prison in Tripoli. He was released in 2010.
In 2004, Belhadj and Sami Al-Saadi were captured by the CIA in Bangkok, Thailand, and returned to Libya, where they were also imprisoned in Abu Selim. This was shortly after Tony Blair had organized the recognition of Qaddafi by the West. At the time, Blair stated that Qaddafi wanted to join the West in combating al-Qaeda.
Al-Saadi, who Taliban leader Mullah Omar once called the “Sheikh of the Arabs,” was the author of a plan to overthrow Qaddafi. This plan was found in the home of Abd al-Rahman al-Faquih in Birmingham, U.K., during a police raid in the middle of the last decade. Al-Faquih had been convicted in absentia by a Moroccan court for complicity in the May 2003 suicide bombings in Casablanca. This same war plan would later be employed against Qaddafi, beginning in February 2011.
In March 2010, due to the intervention of Tony Blair, Saif Qaddafi (Muammar’s son) announced the release of Belhadj and 233 other members of the LIFG from Abu Selim as part of a reconciliation of the Qaddafi government with the LIFG and the Muslim Brotherhood. The mediator in this effort, which began in 2005, was the Libyan, Muslim Brotherhood-linked, Qatari-based cleric Ali al-Sallabi. Less than a year after they were released, Belhadj and the other members of the LIFG became the core of the opposition to Qaddafi. According to the Wall Street Journal, bin Qumu began training jihadists in Derna in April of 2011.