• Security Guard at U.S. Embassy Arrested as a Terrorist

    June 12, 2015

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, NSA


    So this was only in Egypt, where there’s no terrorism threat anyway, so meh. No, wait, this is something.

    To the shock of U.S. officials, local authorities arrested an Egyptian security guard and charged him as the purported commander of a radical Islamist organization. U.S. officials are scrambling to get information from Egyptian authorities, who did not alert them beforehand.

    No word on why America’s vast intelligence apparatus missed this one. Maybe summer vacation?

    Send in the Marines

    Unbeknownst to most Americans, our embassies abroad are not guarded by Marines for the most part, as you see in the movies. Even a large embassy like the one in Cairo will have only maybe 20 Marines. They mostly handle guarding classified data inside the building and some access control. The crucial perimeter patrols, bomb searches of incoming vehicles, security in public areas and the like are handled by local guards, contracted by the State Department’s much-maligned Office of Diplomatic Security. This is done worldwide, primarily to save money. Marines are expensive and are also needed elsewhere to fight America’s many wars of choice.

    So a local guard has a lot of access to begin with. He also has a chance to influence, radicalize and/or bribe other local guards to assist him in whatever terror he plans on committing. He knows his way around the embassy, and understands much about its security plans and their weaknesses. To a terrorist planner, he is a very valuable guy.

    Also: Benghazi

    Back in Cairo, an embassy official confirmed 42-year-old Ahmed Ali, accused by the Egyptians of helping to plan or taking part in more than a dozen attacks on security forces, was an employee in the security service at the U.S. mission. Egyptian authorities are claiming he is a commander in the militant Helwan Brigades.

    Both the lack of any forewarning by the Egyptian authorities and the apparent security failure by the U.S. State Department, which failed to unearth Ali’s membership in the brigades, is likely to prompt outrage on Capitol Hill. Because: Benghazi, which was also “guarded” by locals. So perhaps the current system needs a few tweaks.

    Your Next Vacation Isn’t Gonna Be Egypt

    The disclosure of the arrest by Egyptian authorities on Wednesday came just hours before a suicide bomber blew himself up outside Luxor’s ancient Karnak temple in southern Egypt in an attack that left four people, including two police officers, wounded. Police said they also killed two of the bomber’s accomplices.

    No group has as yet claimed responsibility for the attack at the spectacular temple, with its dozens of sphinxes and beautiful bas reliefs of ancient gods, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Nile River. But some analysts speculated that the attack may have been organized by the so-called Islamic State, which has been courting local jihadis, seeking to persuade them to affiliate with the terror group based in Syria and Iraq.

    It is the second time this month that suspected Islamic extremists have attacked a major Egyptian tourist attraction or launched a raid nearby. On June 3, gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire outside the Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo, killing two policemen.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Bruce said...


      All due respects to the Gadh-mother of US all; Killery CLINTON !

      06/12/15 12:10 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bruce- She might run eventually as just Hillary Rodham. If she actually divorced her clownish, loutish husband (in name only) I think she’d get even more of the women’s vote. Women who would vote for her are the same venal type.

      06/12/15 2:57 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      I believe the guards hired to protect the Benghazi facility where Ambassador Stevens was eventually slain either didn’t show up for work that day or just slipped out of harm’s way before the assault. I think that is a sign that DS’s vetting of the locals is improving. At least they didn’t participate in the assault (as far as we know).

      06/12/15 3:21 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      If “she” doesn’t stand against TPP (TiPA/TTIP, et al) and thereby getting the resultant SHAFT (and how many times with Slicky Dick, 0 $hillary?); together, they’ll be no more than a figurehead Destitutional Duarchy, along with their Rump CONgress, DEM Their AYES!

      06/12/15 8:27 PM | Comment Link

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