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That FBI Investigation in Benghazi Hasn’t Even Started Yet

For over a week, the Obama administration has tried to dodge questions on the Benghazi attack by saying it’s waiting for information to come in from the FBI. But apparently the FBI still hasn’t made it to Benghazi — at least not as of last night. Instead, CNN reports that the bureau just arrived in Tripoli, and hasn’t been to the scene of the attack that happened over two weeks ago:

More than two weeks after four Americans — including the U.S. ambassador to Libya — were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, FBI agents have not yet been granted access to investigate in the eastern Libyan city, and the crime scene has not been secured, sources said.

“They’ve gotten as far as Tripoli now, but they’ve never gotten to Benghazi,” CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend said Wednesday, citing senior law enforcement officials.

Last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that an FBI team had reached Libya earlier in the week.

Just as shocking, CNN reports that the State Department apparently hasn’t secured the consulate since the attack, despite requests from the FBI. That means any investigation might be meaningless at this point, since evidence could have been removed or tampered with or compromised over the past two weeks. The more that comes out about the attack, the more it sounds like the administration has been stringing along reporters and the public since day one.

Then there is the next piece of the puzzle, one which the Obama administration may not want answered until after the election. Did the U.S. embassy riots in Egypt and Yemen coincidentally erupt on the same day as the terrorist attack at our Benghazi consulate, or were they coordinated in advance? As the Weekly Standard noted recently, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri’s little brother, fresh out of prison in Egypt, has claimed credit as an organizer of the Cairo protest. The timing is certainly suspect — that anti-Islam film was available on YouTube months before the riots, and yet it didn’t become an issue until days before the attack.

Keep in mind that what we call the “Arab Spring,” the jihadists call the “Islamic awakening.” Unfortunately for al-Qaeda, there’s been no evidence that the public in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, etc. have embraced their twisted ideology. Hence, the need to manufacture some.