One year and six months before the 9/11 Benghazi slaughter, March 1, 2011 was the capture date, released march 6th 2011 DH: Itís been a while since weíve discussed Benghazi. What have you heard lately? Quoting: JBG 28654482
II: Before I answer that, I want to get a few things off my chest. Every politician, whether itís a congressman senator, diplomat, or their spokespeople and the media are lying to the American public every time they call the location of the attack a consulate. It was not. There was absolutely no diplomatic consulate in Benghazi. None. Words are important here. They can create a wrong image, an incorrect picture of what was really going on. The property where our Ambassador and other Americans were murdered was a rented villa consisting of a primary residence with a couple of outbuildings behind the actual house. The reason theyíre still calling it a consulate is to subtly divert any questions about our activities there.DH: Letís go over this again; exactly what was taking place at Benghazi?
II: As I said, the place where the attack happened is one of the largest, one of the most active CIA operation centers in North Africa, if not in the entire Middle East. It was not a diplomatic station. It was a planning and operations center, a logistics hub for weapons and arms being funneled out of Libya. Unlike the embassy in Tripoli, there was limited security in Benghazi. Why? So the operation did not draw attention to what was going on there..............cont.
[link to www.canadafreepress.com
The BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera says the SAS was believed to have been in Libya protecting diplomats rather than on a military mission.
The Sunday Times reported earlier that the unit was trying to put UK diplomats in touch with rebels trying to topple the Gaddafi regime.
In a statement, the MoD said: "We neither confirm nor deny the story and we do not comment on the special forces."
Jon Leyne, who is in Benghazi, said the men went to the compound of an agricultural company where they were challenged by Libyan guards and asked if they had weapons.
"Witnesses said that when the men's bags were checked they were found to contain arms, ammunition, explosives, maps and passports from at least four different nationalities.
"The witnesses said at that point all eight men were arrested and taken to an army base in Benghazi where they are being held by the opposition forces who control this area."
I spoke to one person and he said it's ok, they're fine. We're in contact with London, just give us a few days and it'll all be ok.
I think basically that the opposition here, the people in control, have an understanding of the situation: these are not hostile people.The problem was arriving on a helicopter, in the middle of the night, carrying weapons.
You can understand the sort of fears that provoked here and so there were misunderstandings, they have been arrested.The big question here is why on earth, if this was some kind of diplomatic or even military liaison, they chose to do it like this?The HMS York was docked in Benghazi harbour on Wednesday.
So if Britain wanted to send anybody in to the court house where the proto-government is based here, they could have
jumped in a taxi, or even walked there, from the harbour.
Meanwhile, the British evacuation of EU nationals continues, with the Royal Navy frigate HMS Cumberland
setting sail from Benghazi.
[link to www.bbc.co.uk
Libya's rebel commanders have freed two MI6 officers and six SAS soldiers captured by farm guards on Thursday morning, after the British government vouched for their identities. The group was immediately flown to the frigate HMS Cumberland
, which remains stationed off the coast of Libya.
Seven of the group had been inserted by helicopter into farmland near the rebel capital Benghazi on a mission to establish contact with anti-regime forces. The eight Britons had been detained and questioned since Thursday by rebel leaders who had suspected they were mercenaries.
Challenged by guards at a wheat farm, they were forced to open bags containing weapons, reconnaissance equipment, and multiple passports, then herded into a dormitory before they were handed over to the rebels.
William Hague confirmed the "diplomatic team" had left Libya after experiencing "difficulties". He said another team would be sent in after consultation with the opposition leadership.
[link to www.guardian.co.uk
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