U.S IS TRACKING KILLERS IN ATTACK ON LIBYA MISSION...PREPARING RETALIATION...Secret Teams Focusing on Militant Group, Officials Say
The article, which details the planned retaliation against Libyan targets, reveals a stunning amount of detailed information to the enemy about U.S. sources and methods.
The United States is laying the groundwork for operations to kill or capture militants implicated in the deadly attack on a diplomatic mission in Libya, senior military and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday.Second Paragraph:
The top-secret Joint Special Operations Command is compiling so-called target packages of detailed information about the suspects, officials said....[T]he command is preparing the dossiers as the first step in anticipation of possible orders from President Obama...Third Paragraph:
Potential military options could include drone strikes, Special Operations raids like the one that killed Osama [sic] bin Laden, and joint missions with Libyan authorities.Eleventh Paragraph:
Both American counterterrorism officials and Benghazi residents are increasingly focused on the local militant group Ansar al Shariah [sic] as the main force behind the attack.Twelfth Paragraph:
In the hours after the Benghazi attack, the American official said, spy agencies intercepted electronic communications from Ansar al Shariah fighters....Another intercept captured cellphone conversations by militants on the grounds of the smoldering American Mission in Benghazi...Twenty-First Paragraph:
Moving ahead with a roster of potential targets, the military planners in Washington started by culling pre-existing lists of suspects that are continuously updated by the Joint Special Operations Command and the C.I.A.Twenty-Second Paragraph:
American officials say that since the Benghazi attack, Special Operations planners have sharply increased their efforts to track the location and gather information on several members of Ansar al Shariah as well as other militants with ties to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.Twenty-Third Paragraph:
But military and counterterrorism officials said that Libyan authorities has helped by at least identifying suspected assailants based on witness accounts, video and other paragraphs from the scene.Twenty-Fourth Paragraph:
"They are putting together information on where these individuals live, who their family members and their associates are, and their entire pattern of life," said one American official briefed on the planning.Twenty-Fifth Paragraph:
And to help prioritize which militants to watch, the Pentagon has stepped up its use of surveillance drones flying over eastern Libya, collecting electronic intercepts, imagery and other information that could help planners compile their target lists.
This is outrageous. The Obama national security team continues to leak detailed information about sources and methods that any terrorist with a 56k modem can read. Bob Gates said it best.