When 140 Characters Isn't Enough
War On Terror: Before we confirm the president's national security team, let's get some answers to why no terrorists have been captured or killed after the consulate attack and why the administration doesn't seem to care.
Last Tuesday, the Tunisian government released Ali Ani al-Harzi, a leading suspect in the attack who was taken into custody after fleeing Libya for Turkey and then sent to Tunisia. A Tunisian court said he was released for lack of evidence, but more likely he was released for no lack of pressure from Islamist groups in and outside Tunisia.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman for the intelligence panel of the Armed Services Committee, has said Harzi was confirmed to be a member of Ansar al-Sharia, the al-Qaida-linked terror group that took credit for the consulate attack as it was happening.
Harzi came to the attention of U.S. intelligence investigators after he posted real-time information to a social media platform about the assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi just as it was starting. He is a prime suspect in the terror attack on Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens, his aide and two Navy SEALs.
While Harzi was interviewed by FBI investigators before a Tunisian judge in December, after intervention and pressure by Sen. Lindsey Graham and others, no further action has been taken or progress made.
As Eli Lake reports in the Daily Beast, Harzi's brother is believed to be Tariq Abu Ammar, a midlevel planner for al-Qaida's franchise in Iraq. Today, Ammar's main job is arranging the travel of fighters from North Africa to Syria's al-Qaida-linked opposition.
Before the war on terror was declared over, Harzi would have been plucked by Navy SEALs and sent to Guantanamo where the same enhanced interrogation techniques used to find and kill Osama bin Laden could have been applied. We have returned to the days of the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, when acts of war are treated as law enforcement matters.
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